Allen Steele

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Allen M. Steele
Steele (2006)
BornAllen Mulherin Steele, Jr.
(1958-01-19) January 19, 1958 (age 60)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States[ citation needed ]
OccupationNovelist, short story author, essayist, journalist
Genre Science fiction
Notable works Coyote }

Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. (born January 19, 1958) is an American journalist and science fiction author.



Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 19, 1958. Steele was introduced to science fiction fandom attending meetings of Nashville's science fiction club. He graduated high school from the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, received a bachelor's degree from New England College and a Master's from the University of Missouri. [1]


Before he established himself as a science fiction author, he spent several years working as a journalist. Steele began publishing short stories in 1988. His early novels formed a future history beginning with Orbital Decay and continuing through Labyrinth of Night. Some of his early novels such as Orbital Decay and Lunar Descent were about blue-collar workers working on future construction projects in space. Since 1992, he has tended to focus on stand-alone projects and short stories, although he has written five novels about the moon Coyote.

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 (Eastern Regional Director) of the SFWA Board of Directors. [2] 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. [3]

In 2004, he contributed a chapter to the collaborative hoax novel, Atlanta Nights .


Allen Steele received several awards for his writing: [4]




  • The Jericho Iteration (1994)
  • The Tranquillity Alternative (1996)
  • Oceanspace (2000)
  • Chronospace (2001) Re-released for Kindle under the Author's preferred title, Time Loves a Hero
  • Apollo's Outcasts (2012)
  • V-S Day (2014)
  • Arkwright (2016)
  • Avengers of the Moon (2017)
Near-Space series
also calledRude Astronauts series
  • Orbital Decay (1989)
  • Clarke County, Space (1990)
  • Lunar Descent (1991)
  • Labyrinth of Night (1992)
  • A King of Infinite Space (1997)
Coyote series [7]


  • The Weight (1995)
  • The Days Between (2002)
  • The River Horses (2007)
  • Angel of Europa (2011)

Short fiction

  • Rude Astronauts (1992)
  • All-American Alien Boy (1996)
  • Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete Near-Space Stories (1998)
  • American Beauty (2003)
  • The Last Science Fiction Writer (2008)
TitleYearFirst publishedReprinted/collected
"John Harper Wilson"1989Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1989
"Goddard's People"1991Asimov's Science Fiction, July 1991
"The Death of Captain Future"1995
""... Where Angels Fear to Tread""1997
"The Emperor of Mars"2010
"Sixteen Million Leagues from Versailles"2013"Sixteen million leagues from Versailles". Analog . 133 (10): 8–22. October 2013.
"Martian Blood"2013Dozois, Gardner; Martin, George R R, eds. (2013). Old Mars . Bantam Books. [10] [11]
  • Dozois, Gardner, ed. (2014). The year's best science fiction : thirty-first annual collection. St Martin's Griffin.
  • Dozois, Gardner, ed. (2014). The mammoth book of best new SF 27. Robinson.
"Frogheads"2015Dozois, Gardner; Martin, George R R, eds. (2015). Old Venus . Bantam Books. [12]



  1. "Allen Steele Bio" Retrieved 22 July 2015
  2. Thomas, Lynne. "LibGuides. Rare Books and Special Collections At Northern Illinois University. Previous SFWA Officers Listing". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  3. United States Congress. House Committee on Science. Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (2001), Vision 2001 : future space : hearing before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, first session, April 3, 2001, U.S. G.P.O, ISBN   978-0-16-065955-3
  4. Steele, Allen. "Allen Steele Biography". Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  5. "Steele and Kondo Win 2013 Heinlein Award". Locus Publications. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  6. "Asimov's Readers' Awards". Penny Publications, LLC. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  7. "Official site: Bibliography" . Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  8. Allen Steele Announces New Coyote Books Archived 2010-01-16 at the Wayback Machine .,, 2008-05-16
  9. Coyote Destiny: Allen Steele’s great space colonization series continues, (and comments by author in Coyote Destiny introduction), 2010-02-26
  10. DeNardo, John (February 14, 2013). George R.R. Martin; Gardner Dozois, eds. "TOC: Old Mars". SF Signal . Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  11. Bedford, Robert H. (October 8, 2013). George R.R. Martin; Gardner Dozois, eds. "Mars as We Thought it Could Be: Old Mars". Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  12. "Not A Blog: Venus In March". June 19, 2014. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.