K. W. Jeter

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K. W. Jeter
K. W. Jeter in San Francisco (2011)
Kevin Wayne Jeter

(1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 73)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Fullerton (BA)
Years active1975–present

Kevin Wayne Jeter (born March 26, 1950)[1] is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and paranoid, unsympathetic characters. He has written novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, and has written three sequels to Blade Runner. Jeter coined the term "steampunks".[2]


He went to Buena Park High School. Jeter attended college at California State University, Fullerton where he became friends with James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers, and through them, Philip K. Dick.[citation needed] Jeter was actually the inspiration for "Kevin" in Dick's semi-autobiographical novel, Valis.[3] Many of Jeter's books focus on the subjective nature of reality in a way reminiscent of Dick's.

Philip K. Dick enthusiastically recommended Jeter's early cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder. Due to its violent and sexually provocative content, it took Jeter around ten years to find a publisher for it. Jeter would also coin the term steampunk, in reference to cyberpunk[4] in a letter to Locus in April 1987, in order to describe the steam-technology, alternate-history works that he published along with his friends, Blaylock and Powers. Jeter's steampunk novels are Morlock Night, Infernal Devices, and its sequels Fiendish Schemes (2013) and Grim Expectations (2017).

As well as his own original novels, K. W. Jeter has written three authorized novel sequels to the critically acclaimed 1982 motion picture Blade Runner, which was adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.[5]


Original novels[edit]

Dr. Adder trilogy[edit]

George Dower trilogy[edit]

  1. Infernal Devices (1987)
  2. Fiendish Schemes (2013)
  3. Grim Expectations (2017)[7]


  • Ninja Two-Fifty (2006)

Star Wars books[edit]

Blade Runner sequels[edit]

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels[edit]

  • Bloodletter (1993)
  • Warped (1995)

Comic book works[edit]

  • Mister E (DC) (1991)
  • Star Trek: N-Vector (Wildstorm) (2000)

The Kim Oh Thrillers (as Kim Oh)[edit]

  • Real Dangerous Girl (Editions Herodiade Oct. 2011)
  • Real Dangerous Job (Editions Herodiade Oct. 2011)
  • Real Dangerous People (Editions Herodiade Oct. 2011)
  • Real Dangerous Place (Editions Herodiade July 2012)
  • Real Dangerous Fun (Editions Herodiade July 2014)
  • Real Dangerous Ride (Editions Herodiade Mar. 2015)
  • Real Dangerous Plan (Editions Herodiade Aug. 2015)


  1. ^ "Summary Bibliography: K. W. Jeter". www.isfdb.org.
  2. ^ Beschizza, Rob (March 1, 2011). "The Birth of Steampunk". Boing Boing. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Sutin, Lawrence (1989). Divine Invasions. New York City: Carol Publishing Group. p. 258. ISBN 0-8065-1228-8.
  4. ^ "The Birth of Steampunk". BoingBoing. March 2011.
  5. ^ "K.W. Jeter: Rockin' in the Steampunk World". Locus Online Perspectives. July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Authors : Jeter, K W". Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ "Revealing New Covers for K.W. Jeter's George Dower Trilogy". Tor.com. December 19, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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