Robin Wayne Bailey

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Robin Wayne Bailey
BornFebruary 8, 1952
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
OccupationWriter, editor, English instructor
Period1983–present (as writer)
GenreFantasy, science fiction

Robin Wayne Bailey (born 1952) is an American writer of speculative fiction, both fantasy and science fiction.[1] He is a founder of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame (1996) and a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, 2005–2007).


Bailey graduated from North Kansas City High School and received a B. A. in English and Anthropology and a M. A. in English Literature from Northwest Missouri State University.[2] He debuted as a fiction writer with the novel Frost, published by Timescape Books in 1983 and followed with two sequels and a few short stories during the next three years. Bailey's works include Shadowdance, the Frost series, The Brothers of the Dragon, and Dragonkin fantasy trilogies and Swords Against the Shadowland, a novel interpolated in the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series of sword and sorcery stories by Fritz Leiber. A direct sequel to Leiber's most famous story "Ill Met in Lankhmar" (1970), Swords Against the Shadowland was named one of the seven best fantasy novels of 1998 by genre newszine Science Fiction Chronicle. Bailey was a finalist for the annual Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "The Children's Crusade" (2007).[3]

In conjunction with the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS) and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, Bailey and James Gunn founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1996.[4] The Hall of Fame later merged under a special agreement with Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Enterprises and in 2004 it became part of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. The hall of fame is now a part of the larger EMP Museum (named simply for "Experience Music Project", which has somewhat reduced the focus on its science fiction component). Beginning in 2013, it once again inducted people for contributions to fantasy, the original name also having been restored;[5] Bailey continues to serve on its annual induction committee.

Before serving as SFWA president (2005–2007), Bailey was SFWA South-Central Regional Director for nine years; he was also the host of three of the Association's annual Nebula Awards Weekends, including two in Kansas City.[citation needed]; as a result, Bailey received a special "Service to SFWA Award" in 1998.[3]



  • Frost trilogy:
    • Frost, Timescape Books, 1983 ISBN 0-671-45596-6; Tor Books, 1987, ISBN 0-04-823248-3
    • Skull Gate, Tor, 1985, ISBN 0-8125-3139-6
    • Bloodsongs, Tor, 1986, ISBN 0-8125-3141-8
  • Enchanter, Avon Books, 1989, ISBN 0-380-75386-3Zork
  • The Lake of Fire, Bantam Books, 1989, ISBN 0-553-28185-2Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, Book 4
  • Night Watch, TSR Books, 1990, ISBN 0-88038-914-1 ... which was set in Greyhawk City but did not feature the "Greyhawk Adventures" tradedress.,[6] and was instead chosen to launch a new imprint called TSR Books.
  • The Lost City of Zork, Avon, 1991, ISBN 0-380-75389-8Zork fiction
  • Shadowdance, White Wolf Books, December 12, 1991, ISBN 1-56504-946-2
  • Brothers of the Dragon trilogy:
  • Swords Against the Shadowland, White Wolf Books, 1998, ISBN 978-1-56504-893-5, reissue 2009 by Dark Horse Books — interpolated in Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
  • Night's Angel, Meisha Merlin Books, 2002, ISBN 978-1-892065-67-4
  • Dragonkin trilogy
  • Turn Left to Tomorrow (science fiction collection), Yard Dog Books, 2007, ISBN 978-1-893687-84-4
  • THE FANTASTIKON: Tales of Wonder (a fantasy stories collection), Yard Dog Press, June 2012, ISBN 978-1-937105-30-3

As editor[edit]

  • Architects of Dreams: The SFWA Author-Emeritus Anthology, Meisha Merlin Books, 2003 ISBN 1-892065-97-5
  • Through My Glasses Darkly: Five Stories by Frank M. Robinson, KaCSFFS Press, 2002, ISBN 0-935128-02-6

Short fiction[edit]

Thieves World stories[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

  • The Spider, Judgement Knight, Art by Cortney Skinner, edited by Joe Gentile, Moonstone, 2009. (Pulp Ark Award nominee 2010)


  • Change is Coming, edited by Prospero's Books Kansas City,MO, 2003
  • Ecce Homo, The Badboy Book of Erotic Poetry, edited by David Laurents, Badboy 1995
  • Thanksgiving,The Badboy Book of Erotic Poetry, edited by David Laurents, Badboy 1995
  • Jack, The Badboy Book of Erotic Poetry, edited by David Laurents, Badboy 1995
  • 'In The Eye',"A Midsummer Night's Press", engaver Bernard Brussel-Smith 1998 only 126 copies
  • "Zombies in Oz and Other Undead Musing," [collection of Zombie Poems], edited by Selina Rosen, Yard Dog Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9824704-3-5


Ebook editions[edit]

  • Shadowdance, E-Reads released 2012
  • Frost, E-Reads released 2012
  • Skull Gate'', E-Reads released 2012
  • Bloodsongs, E-Reads released 202
  • Swords Against the Shadowlands, E-Reads released 2012
  • Touch of Moonlight, Skyrider Press 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Keepers o Earth, Skyrider Press released 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Toy Soldiers,, Skyrider Press released 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Saddle Tramps, Skyrider Press released 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Two to Tomorrow, Skyrider Press released 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Payday, Skyrider Press released 2012, Amazon Kindle
  • Children's Crusade, Skyrider Press released 2013, Amazon Kindle
  • Dragonkin, Vol 1, Amazon Kindle 2013
  • Turn Left to Tomorrow, Amazon Kindle 2013
  • THE FANTASTIKON: Tales of Wonder, Amazon Kindle 2013
  • "Zombies in Oz and Other Undead Musing", Amazon Kindle 2013

Audiobook editions[edit]

  • Shadowdance, Audible Books, 2012
  • Frost,Audible Books, 2012
  • Skull Gate, Audible Books, 2012
  • Bloodsongs, Audible Books, 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gurley, George (April 6, 1997). "Thorpe Menn nominees will speak this year". The Kansas City Star. p. J7. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. ^ Diana J. Bailey, Robin's wife, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bailey, Robin Wayne" Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine. The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index to Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  4. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame". Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-26. This was the official website of the hall of fame to 2004. With photos from the annual induction ceremonies including one of the founding Board (1996).
  5. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame" Archived 2016-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. EMP Museum ( Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  6. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.

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