Kevin J. Anderson

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Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J Anderson at Book Signing Toronto Aug 18 2009.jpg
Born (1962-03-27) March 27, 1962 (age 52)
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
Pen name Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson
Occupation Author
Language English
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, horror
Spouse Rebecca Moesta

Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author with over forty bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Predator titles (also for Dark Horse), and X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson's superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, and The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Krypton came to be destroyed and the choice two parents had to make for their son.

Anderson serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest.

He is also participating in the The Stellar Guild series published by Phoenix Pick. The series pairs bestselling authors like Anderson with lesser known authors in science fiction and fantasy to help provide additional visibility to them.

His wife is author Rebecca Moesta. They currently reside near Monument, Colorado.


Kevin J. Anderson (aka Kevin James Anderson) was born March 27, 1962 in Racine, Wisconsin. The War of the Worlds greatly influenced him. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled Injection. At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written ever since.

In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted. When it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50.[1] In 1988 his first novel, Resurrection, Inc. was published.

Anderson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twelve years. There, he met Rebecca Moesta (his wife) and Doug Beason, with whom he frequently writes.

After the publishing of his first novels, Lucasfilm offered him a chance at writing Star Wars novels.

Since 1993, 47 of Anderson's novels have been in bestseller lists. He has more than 20 million books in print worldwide.

Awards, records and nominations[edit]



  • Resurrection, Inc. (1988)
  • Climbing Olympus (1994)
  • Blindfold (1995)
  • Hopscotch (2002)
  • The Martian War (2005) (as Gabriel Mesta)
  • The Dragon Business (2013)

Gamearth Trilogy[edit]

  1. Gamearth (March 1989)
  2. Game Play (October 1989)
  3. Game's End (September 1990)

with Doug Beason[edit]

Star Wars books[edit]

Jedi Academy trilogy

  1. Jedi Search (1994)
  2. Dark Apprentice (1994)
  3. Champions of the Force (1994)

Young Jedi Knights series (with Rebecca Moesta):

  1. Heirs of the Force (1995)
  2. Shadow Academy (1995)
  3. The Lost Ones (1995)
  4. Lightsabers (1996)
  5. Darkest Knight (1996)
  6. Jedi Under Siege (1996)
  7. Shards of Alderaan (1997)
  8. Diversity Alliance (1997)
  9. Delusions of Grandeur (1997)
  10. Jedi Bounty (1997)
  11. The Emperor's Plague (1997)
  12. Return to Ord Mantell (1998)
  13. Trouble on Cloud City (1998)
  14. Crisis at Crystal Reef (1998)

Short story anthologies edited by Anderson:

Reference works:

X-Files books[edit]

Star Trek books[edit]

using materials by L. Ron Hubbard[edit]

Dune books[edit]

(all with Brian Herbert)

Prelude to Dune Trilogy[edit]

Legends of Dune[edit]


(also with Frank Herbert)

Dune 7[edit]

Heroes of Dune[edit]

  • Paul of Dune (2008)
  • The Winds of Dune (2009)
  • The Throne of Dune (TBD) (Originally titled Irulan of Dune but now currently on hold until after Great Schools of Dune trilogy is completed)
  • Leto of Dune (TBD) (Title may have changed to Golden Path of Dune but now currently on hold until after Great Schools of Dune trilogy is completed)

Great Schools of Dune[edit]

Short stories[edit]

StarCraft books[edit]

Fantastic Voyage books[edit]

  • Fantastic Voyage: Microcosm (2001)

as K. J. Anderson[edit]

The Saga of Seven Suns series[edit]

Prequel: Veiled Alliances (Graphic novel) (2004)
  1. Hidden Empire (2002)
  2. A Forest of Stars (2003)
  3. Horizon Storms (2004)
  4. Scattered Suns (July 18, 2005)
  5. Of Fire and Night (2006)
  6. Metal Swarm (2007)
  7. The Ashes of Worlds (2008)

The Saga of Shadows trilogy[edit]

Sequel trilogy to The Saga of Seven Suns

  1. The Dark Between the Stars (June 5, 2014)
  2. Blood of the Cosmos [Tentative Title] (2015?)

with Dean Koontz[edit]


Crystal Doors series[edit]

with Rebecca Moesta

  • Island Realm (2006)
  • Ocean Realm (2007)
  • Sky Realm (2008)

Using materials by A. E. van Vogt[edit]

  • Slan Hunter (2007)


Terra Incognita Series[edit]

  • The Edge of the World (2009)
  • The Map of All Things (2010)
  • The Key to Creation (2011)

A trilogy about two countries, Uraba and Tierra, at war with each other. Set in a medieval world, both countries explore the world in order to gain an upper hand against the other. One goal is to find the sacred land of Terravitae. Anderson and musician and music producer Erik Norlander created a crossover project called Roswell Six[2] and released the album "Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon".[3] It combines progressive rock/metal with science fiction lyrics by Anderson and his wife.

Star Challengers Series[edit]

(with Rebecca Moesta)

  • Moonbase Crisis (2010)
  • Space Station Crisis (2011)
  • Asteroid Crisis (2011)

Hellhole Series[edit]

with Brian Herbert

  • Hellhole (2011)
  • Hellhole Awakening (2013)
  • Hellhole Inferno (August 12, 2014)

with Neil Peart[edit]

  • Clockwork Angels (September 1, 2012)

This novelization of Rush's 20th studio album was a collaboration between Anderson and the group's drummer/lyricist Neil Peart.

Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Series[edit]

  • Death Warmed Over (September 1, 2012)
  • Unnatural Acts (January 1, 2013)
  • Hair Raising (May 2013)
  • Slimy Underbelly (September 2014)

Edited volumes[edit]

He has also edited anthologies including:

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published in Reprinted in
Drumbeats / with Neal Peart 1994 Shock rock II, ed. Jeff Gelb (Pocket Books) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
The Ghost of Christmas Always 1991 Pulphouse (December 31, 1991) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Sea dreams / with Rebecca Moesta 1995 Peter S. Beagle's immortal unicorn, ed. Peter S. Beagle, Janet Berliner and Martin H. Greenberg (HarperPrism) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
The old man and the cherry tree 1986 Grue 3 Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Final performance 1985 F&SF Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
New recruits 1990 Weirdbook 25 Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Much at stake 1991 The ultimate Dracula, ed. Byron Preiss, David Kellor and Megan Miller (Dell) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Prisoner of war 2000 The outer limits : armageddon dreams, ed. Kevin . Anderson (BSV Publishing) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Dune : a whisper of Caladan seas / with Brian Herbert 1999 Amazing Stories (Summer 1999) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Dogged persistence 1992 F&SF Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Canals in the sand 1996 War of the worlds : global dispatches, ed. Kevin J. Anderson (Bantam Spectra) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Human, Martian - one, two, three 1993 Full Spectrum 4, ed. Lou Aronica et al. (Bantam Spectra) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Scientific romance 1998 The UFO files, ed. Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg (DAW) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Entropy Ranch 1990 Starshore (Winter 1990) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Fondest of Memories 1991 Full Spectrum 3, ed. Lou Aronica, Amy Stout and Betsy Mitchell (Doubleday Foundation, 1991) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Music Played on the Strings of Time 1993 Analog 113/1&2 (Jan 1993) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Tide Pools 1993 Analog 113/14 (Dec 1993) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror / with Doug Beason 1988 Full Spectrum, ed. Lou Aronica and Shawna McCarthy (Bantam Spectra, 1988) Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
Rescue at L-5 / with Doug Beason 1990 Project Solar Sail, ed. Arthur C. Clarke and David Brin (Roc/Penguin, 1990)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Get You 2011 Deathrealm, ed. Stephen Mark Rainey (Fall/Winter, 1991) Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted 2011, (Shock Totem Publications, 2011)


  • Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
    • 18 stories: Canals in the Sand, Dogged Persistence, Drumbeats, Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas, Entropy Ranch, Final Performance, Fondest of Memories, The Ghost of Christmas Always, Human, Martian - One, Two, Three, Much at Stake, Music Played on the Strings of Time, New Recruits, The Old Man and the Cherry Tree, Prisoner of War, Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror, Scientific Romance, Sea Dreams, Tide Pools
  • Landscapes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ US. "Roswell Six | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ Encyclopaedia Metallum: Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon

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