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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.

Pilot SteeleHis 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 Seiun awards.

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.