Allen M. Steele, Jr. became a full-time
science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his
first short story, "Live From The Mars Hotel". Since
then he has become a prolific author of novels, short stories,
and essays, with his work appearing in England, France, Germany,
Spain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Israel, the Czech Republic, Poland,
Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He
received his B.A. in Communications from New England College
in Henniker, New Hampshire, and his M.A. in Journalism from
the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Before turning
to SF, he worked for as a staff writer for daily and weekly
newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, freelanced
for business and general-interest magazines in the Northeast,
and spent a short tenure as a Washington correspondent, covering
politics on Capitol Hill.
His novels include Orbital Decay; Clarke
County, Space; Lunar Descent; Labyrinth of Night;
The Jericho Iteration; The Tranquillity Alternative;
A King of Infinite Space; Oceanspace; Chronospace;
and Coyote. He has also published four collections of short
fiction: Rude Astronauts; All-American Alien Boy;
Sex and Violence in Zero-G; and American Beauty. His
work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog,
Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Science Fiction Age,
Journal Wired, Science Fiction Chronicle, Locus, Fantastic and
The New York Review of Science Fiction, as well as in many
anthologies. He writes regular columns for Absolute Magnitude
His novella "The Death Of Captain Future"
received the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novella, won a 1996
Science Fiction Weekly Reader Appreciation Award, and received
the 1998 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Short Story from Japan's
National Science Fiction Convention. It was also nominated for a
1997 Nebula Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
His novella "`...Where Angels Fear to Tread'",
upon which Chronospace is based, received the Hugo Award,
the Locus Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the
Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Award in 1998, and was also
nominated for the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, and
His novelette "The Good Rat"
was nominated for a Hugo in 1996, and his novelette
"Zwarte Piet's Tale" won an AnLab
Award from Analog and was nominated for a Hugo in 1999.
His novelette "Agape Among the Robots"
was nominated for the Hugo in 2001.
His novella "Stealing Alabama"
and novelette "The Days Between",
both part of the novel Coyote, were nominated
for Hugos in 2002. In addition, "Stealing Alabama"
won the 2002 Asimov's Readers Award, and "The Days
Between" was a Nebula Award finalist in 2003.
Orbital Decay received the 1990 Locus
Award for Best First Novel, and Clarke County, Space
was nominated for the 1991 Philip K. Dick Award. He was First
Runner-Up for the 1990 John W. Campbell Award, received the
Donald A. Wollheim Award in 1993, and the Phoenix Award in 2002.
Steele serves on the Board of Advisors for both
the Space Frontier Foundation and the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America, and he is a former member of the SFWA Board
of Directors. In April, 2001, he testified before the Subcommittee
on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives,
in hearings regarding space exploration in the 21st century.
He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife
Linda and their two dogs. His hobbies including collecting vintage
SF books and magazines, Nordic skiing, kayaking, and building