Allen Steele

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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]

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017.

Science fiction fandom

Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is a community or fandom of people interested in science fiction in contact with one another based upon that interest. SF fandom has a life of its own, but not much in the way of formal organization.

The Webb School is a private coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, founded in 1870. It has been called the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the South. Under founder Sawney Webb's leadership, the school produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other secondary school in the United States.


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.

A future history is a postulated history of the future and is used by authors of science fiction and other speculative fiction to construct a common background for fiction. Sometimes the author publishes a timeline of events in the history, while other times the reader can reconstruct the order of the stories from information provided therein.

Blue-collar worker working class person who performs manual labor

A blue-collar worker is a working class person who performs manual labor. Blue-collar work may involve skilled or unskilled manufacturing, mining, sanitation, custodial work, textile manufacturing, commercial fishing, food processing, oil field work, waste disposal, and recycling, construction, mechanic, maintenance, warehousing, technical installation, and many other types of physical work. Blue-collar work often involves something being physically built or maintained.

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]

Space Frontier Foundation organization

The Space Frontier Foundation is an American space advocacy nonprofit corporation organized to promote the interests of increased involvement of the private sector, in collaboration with government, in the exploration and development of space. Its advocate members design and lead a collection of projects with goals that align to the organization's goals as described by its credo.

The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.

Our goals include protecting the Earth’s fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space.

Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, or SFWA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. While SFWA is based in the United States, its membership is open to writers worldwide. The organization was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight under the name Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. The president of SFWA as of 2015 is Cat Rambo.

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

<i>Atlanta Nights</i> literary work

Atlanta Nights is a collaborative novel created in 2004 by a group of science fiction and fantasy authors, with the express purpose of producing an unpublishably bad piece of work, so as to test whether publishing firm PublishAmerica would still accept it. It was accepted; after the hoax was revealed, the publisher withdrew its offer.


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]


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  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
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  5. "Steele and Kondo Win 2013 Heinlein Award". Locus Publications. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
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  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
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  12. "Not A Blog: Venus In March". June 19, 2014. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.