April 11, 1963 |
|Genres||Fantasy, science fiction|
Keyes was born in Meridian, Mississippi, as John Gregory Keyes, to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer.
He is famous for his quartet The Age of Unreason, a steampunk/alchemical story featuring Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. He wrote the Babylon 5 Psi Corps trilogy, a history of the Psi Corps and a biography of Psi Corps member Alfred Bester.
In 2003 he began a fantasy series titled The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, the first volume of which was The Briar King. The second book in the series The Charnel Prince was published in 2004 and the third, The Blood Knight, was published in July 2006. His fourth and final book of the quartet, The Born Queen, was released in March 2008.
In 2009 it was announced that Keyes would be writing two novels based on the successful computer game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The first of these, The Infernal City, was published by Random House in November 2009. The second, Lord of Souls, went on sale on September 27, 2011.
Greg Keyes builds his stories around multiple main characters who meet only rarely, but allow the reader to follow different threads of the same events. Most of the chapters in his books focus on one of the main characters. Chapters often end in a surprise or a cliffhanger when the story moves to follow another character.
Keyes' knowledge of fencing and linguistics also play a big role in his books. For example, Stephen Darige, one of the main characters in The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, is an adept linguist, and his knowledge and skills play an important role in the development of the story.
Chosen of the Changeling
The Age of Unreason
- Newton's Cannon (1998), ISBN 1-56865-829-X
- A Calculus of Angels (1999), ISBN 0-7394-0260-9
- Empire of Unreason (2000), ISBN 0-345-40609-5
- The Shadows of God (2001), ISBN 0-345-43904-X
Babylon 5: The Psi Corps Trilogy
- Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps (1998), ISBN 0-345-42715-7
- Deadly Relations: Bester Ascendant (1999), ISBN 0-345-42716-5
- Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester (1999), ISBN 0-345-42717-3
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order
- Edge of Victory I: Conquest (2001), ISBN 0-345-42864-1
- Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (2001), ISBN 0-345-44610-0
- The Final Prophecy (2003), ISBN 0-345-42875-7
The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone
- The Briar King (2003), ISBN 0-345-44066-8
- The Charnel Prince (2004), ISBN 0-345-44067-6
- The Blood Knight (2006), ISBN 0-345-44068-4
- The Born Queen (2008), ISBN 0-345-44069-2
The Elder Scrolls
- The Infernal City (2009), ISBN 978-0-345-50801-0 - based on The Elder Scrolls video game series
- Lord of Souls (2011), ISBN 978-0-345-50802-7 - based on The Elder Scrolls video game series
- J. Gregory Keyes at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Interview with Greg Keyes conducted by Rob Bedford; at the SFF World website
- Interview with Greg Keyes at actusf.com
- Elder Scrolls: Oblivion novels and Rogue Warrior 27 April 2009, Henry Winchester