Steve Miller (science fiction writer)

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Steve Miller
BornSteve Miller
(1950-07-31) July 31, 1950 (age 69)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
OccupationWriter
Period1978–present
GenreFantasy, science fiction
SpouseSharon Lee
Website
korval.com

Steve Miller (born July 31, 1950) is an American science fiction writer from Winslow, Maine, best known for his works set in the Liaden universe, written in collaboration with his wife Sharon Lee.[1]

Background[edit]

Miller was born July 31, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland, graduating in 1968; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the late 1960s and 1970s, where he was news editor and managing editor of the campus newspaper, The Retriever and founding president of the Infinity Circle, the school's first science fiction club. He served as founding Curator of the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery's science fiction research collection. Miller was an active member of science fiction fandom for many years, serving as Director of Information of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for some years, and as vice-chair of the bid committee to hold the 38th World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore (they lost to Boston).[2][3]

Miller married Baltimore-area science fiction fan Sue Nice in 1975; they divorced in 1979. He and Sharon Lee were married in 1980. In 1988, they relocated to central Maine, and now live in Winslow.

Writing[edit]

In 1973, Miller attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop. He sold short fiction to semi-professional markets, and wrote for science fiction fanzines, before selling a short story, "Charioteer" to Amazing Stories (May 1978 issue).[4] He has since published dozens of novels and over 50 short stories, as well as book reviews, essays and other non-fiction; much (though not all) in collaboration with Lee. He has also collaborated with Lee on some non-Liaden works.[5][6]

On fan fiction[edit]

Miller and Lee strongly oppose fan fiction written in their universe. In Lee's words:

I don't want 'other people interpreting' our characters. Interpreting our characters is what Steve and I do; it's our job. Nobody else is going to get it right. This may sound rude and elitist, but honestly, it’s not easy for us to get it right sometimes, and we've been living with these characters ... for a very long time ... We built our universes, and our characters; they are our intellectual property; and they are not toys lying about some virtual sandbox for other kids to pick up and modify at their whim. Steve and I do not sanction fanfic written in our universes; any such work that exists, exists without our permission, and certainly without our support.[7]

Publishing[edit]

Miller ran a small press from 1995 through 2012, specializing in chapbooks containing 2-3 short stories set in the Liaden Universe, and other settings from books by him, Sharon Lee (writer) and other authors. The works published under this imprint by Miller and Lee have been published as ebooks in editions from Baen Books following the termination of operations of SRM Publishers, Ltd.

Works[edit]

Liaden Universe novels[edit]

All written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Agent of Change Sequence
  • Agent of Change (1988)[8] ISBN 978-0441009916
  • Conflict of Honors (1988) [9] ISBN 978-0441009640
  • Carpe Diem (1989)[10] ISBN 978-0441010226
  • Plan B (1999)[11] ISBN 978-1892065001
  • I Dare (2002)[12] ISBN 978-0441010851
  • Partners in Necessity (Omnibus edition of Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, and Carpe Diem) (2000)[13] ISBN 978-1892065018
  • Local Custom (2002)[14] ISBN 978-0965725576
  • Scout's Progress (2002)[15] ISBN 978-0441009275
  • Pilot's Choice (Omnibus edition of Local Custom and Scout's Progress) (2001)[16] ISBN 978-1892065025
  • The Dragon Variation (Omnibus edition of Local Custom, Scout's Progress and Conflict of Honors) (2010) [17] ISBN 978-1439133699
  • The Agent Gambit (Omnibus edition of Agent of Change, Carpe Diem) (2011)[18] ISBN 978-1439134078
  • Korval's Game (Omnibus edition of Plan B and I Dare) (2011)[19] ISBN 978-1439134399
The Great Migration Duology
Other

Awards and honors[edit]

Miller (along with Lee) has received various literary awards.

Year Organization Award title, Category Work Result Refs
2012 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award Skylark n/a Won [31]
2014 Locus (magazine) Locus Award, Science Fiction Novel Necessity's Child Nominated [32]
2014 Locus (magazine) Locus Award, Science Fiction Novel Trade Secret Nominated [33]
1981 Fool-Con Balrog Award, Short Fiction A Matter of Ceremony Nominated [34]
2010 Golden Duck Award Hal Clement Award Fledgeling Nominated [35]
2005 Golden Duck Award Hal Clement Award Balance of Trade Won [35]
2013 SF Site SF Site Reader's Poll Dragon Ship Won [36]
2012 SF Site SF Site Reader's Poll Ghost Ship Won [37]
2011 SF Site SF Site Reader's Poll Saltation Nominated [38]
2002 Romantic Times Romantic Times Book Club Reviewers Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel Scout's Progress Won [39]
2002 Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter of the Romance Writers of America Prism Award Scout's Progress Won [40]
2002 Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter of the Romance Writers of America Prism Award Local Custom Nominated [41]

Miller, usually with Lee, has been a Guest of Honor or Special Guest at a number of science fiction conventions, including: SiliCon (1998); SheVaCon (2000, 2003); Albacon (2002); Balticon and MarsCon (2003); PortConME (2004, 2010); CONduit and Trinoc*coN (2004); Penguicon and COSine (2006); Stellarcon (2009); DucKon and Oasis (2010); and ConQuesT and Chattacon (2012).[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Miller". Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  2. ^ "Baltimore in 80". Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  3. ^ "Steve Miller Writer of Liad Bio | Welcome to Liad". Korval.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ "Bibliography: Charioteer". Isfdb.org. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  5. ^ "Steve Miller – Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2015-07-20. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  6. ^ "Authors : Miller, Steve : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Sf-encyclopedia.com. 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  7. ^ Lee, Sharon (October 26, 2013). "The second answer". Sharon Lee, Writer. Sharonleewriter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  8. ^ "Agent of Change (Liaden Universe, #9) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  9. ^ "Conflict of Honors (Liaden Universe, #8) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  10. ^ "Carpe Diem (Liaden Universe, #10) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  11. ^ "Plan B (Liaden Universe, #11) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  12. ^ "I Dare (Liaden Universe, #13) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  13. ^ "Partners In Necessity (Liaden Universe, #8-10) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  14. ^ "Local Custom (Liaden Universe, #5) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  15. ^ "Scout's Progress (Liaden Universe, #6) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  16. ^ "Pilot's Choice by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  17. ^ "The Dragon Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller WebScription Ebook". Webscription.net. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  18. ^ "The Agent Gambit (Liaden Universe #9-10) by Sharon Lee". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  19. ^ "Korval's Game (Liaden Universe #11,13) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  20. ^ "Crystal Soldier (The Great Migration Duology, #1) (Liaden Universe, #1) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  21. ^ "Crystal Dragon (The Great Migration Duology, #2) (Liaden Universe, #2) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  22. ^ "The Crystal Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - WebScription Ebooks". Webscription.net. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  23. ^ "Balance of Trade (Liaden Universe, #3) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  24. ^ "Fledgling (Theo Waitley, #1; Liaden Universe, #12) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  25. ^ "Saltation (Theo Waitley, #2) (Liaden Universe, #14) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  26. ^ "Mouse and Dragon (Liaden Universe, #7) by Sharon Lee — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  27. ^ Ghost Ship (Liaden Universe Novels): Sharon Lee, Steve Miller: 9781439134559: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon.com. ASIN 1439134553.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  28. ^ "Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - WebScription Ebooks". Webscription.net. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  29. ^ Dragon Ship (Liaden Universe®): Sharon Lee, Steve Miller: 9781451637984: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon.com. ASIN 1451637985.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  30. ^ "Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller". Baen Ebooks. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  31. ^ "Skylark Award". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  32. ^ "Locus Awards 2014". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  33. ^ "Locus Awards 2014". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  34. ^ "Balrog Awards 1981". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  35. ^ a b "Sharon Lee: Awards Summary". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  36. ^ "SF Site Readers Poll 2013". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  37. ^ "SF Site Readers Poll 2012". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  38. ^ "SF Site Readers Poll 2011". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  39. ^ "Book awards: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award". Library Thing. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  40. ^ "2002 RWA PRISM Award (Awarded by Romance Writers of America (PRISM))". Fiction DB. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  41. ^ "2002 RWA PRISM Award (Awarded by Romance Writers of America (PRISM))". Fiction DB. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  42. ^ "Lee and Miller Honors and Awards | Welcome to Liad". Korval.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.

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