Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. became a full-time
science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his
first short story, "Live From The Mars Hotel" (Asimov's,
mid-Dec. `88). 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, the
Czech Republic, Poland, and Japan.
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, Apollo’s Outcasts, and V-S Day. along with
the acclaimed Coyote series -- Coyote, Coyote Rising, Coyote
Frontier, Coyote Horizon and Coyote Destiny – and related
novels Spindrift, Galaxy Blues and Hex. He has also published
four collections of short fiction: Rude Astronauts, All-American
Alien Boy, Sex and Violence in Zero-G, American Beauty and The
Last Science Fiction Writer. His work has appeared in Asimov's
Science Fiction, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni,
Science Fiction Age, Science Fiction Chronicle, Locus, and The
New York Review of Science Fiction, as well as in many anthologies.
He also wrote regular columns for Absolute Magnitude and Artemis.
His novella "The Death Of Captain Future"
(Asimov's, Oct.`95) 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 America.
novella "`...Where Angels Fear to Tread'" (Asimov's,
Oct./Nov. `97), 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 Emperor of Mars”
(Asimov’s, June 2010) won the Huo Award and also received
the Asimov’s Reader’s Award.
His novelette "The Good Rat" (Analog,
mid-Dec.`95) was nominated for a Hugo in 1996, and his novelette
"Zwarte Piet's Tale" (Analog, 12/98) won an AnLab
Award from Analog and was nominated for a Hugo in 1999. His
novelette “Agape Among the Robots” (Analog, 5/00)
was nominated for the Hugo in 2001. His novella “Stealing
Alabama” received the Asimov’s Readers Award in
2002 and was nominated for a Hugo, and his novelette “The
Days Between” was nominated for both the Hugo and the
Nebula in the same year. His novella “Liberation Day”
and novelette “The Garcia Narrows Bridge” both received
Asimov’s Readers Awards in 2005. 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. In 2007, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from
New England College.
In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein
Award, presented by the Robert A. Heinlein Society in recognition
of his fiction promoting the exploration of space.
Allen 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 dogs.