Allen Steele

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Allen M. Steele
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Allen Steele (2006)
Born Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr.
(1958-01-19) January 19, 1958 (age 57)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States[citation needed]
Occupation Novelist, short story author, essayist, journalist
Genre Science fiction
Notable works Coyote

Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. (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.[citation needed]


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.

In 1996, his story "The Death of Captain Future" received the Hugo Award for Best Novella.[1] He won the award again in 1998 for the story "...Where Angels Fear to Tread,"[2] and won the Hugo for best novelette in 2011 for "The Emperor of Mars."[3]

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.[citation needed] 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.[4]

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



Near-Space series
also called Rude Astronauts series
  • Orbital Decay (1989)
  • Clarke County, Space (1990)
  • Lunar Descent (1991)
  • Labyrinth of Night (1992)
  • A King of Infinite Space (1997)
Coyote series[5]
  • The Jericho Iteration (1994)
  • The Tranquillity Alternative (1996)
  • Oceanspace (2000)
  • Chronospace (2001)
  • Apollo's Outcasts (2012)
  • V-S Day (2014)
  • The Weight (1995)
  • The Days Between (2002)
  • The River Horses (2007)
  • Angel of Europa (2011)
  • 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)
Short fiction
  • "The Death of Captain Future" (1995)
  • "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (1997)
  • "The Emperor of Mars" (2010)
  • "Martian Blood" (2013) in Old Mars (anthology)[8][9]
  • "Frogheads" (2015) in Old Venus (anthology)[10]


  • Primary Ignition (2003) includes articles and essays from 1997–2004


  1. ^ Hugo Awards 1996
  2. ^ Hugo Awards 1998
  3. ^ Locus, 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners (access date August 21, 2011)
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ "Official site: Bibliography". Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Allen Steele Announces New Coyote Books,, 2008-05-16
  7. ^ Coyote Destiny: Allen Steele’s great space colonization series continues, (and comments by author in Coyote Destiny introduction), 2010-02-26
  8. ^ DeNardo, John (February 14, 2013). "TOC: Old Mars Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". SF Signal. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bedford, Robert H. (October 8, 2013). "Mars as We Thought it Could Be: Old Mars, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Not A Blog: Venus In March". June 19, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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