Steve Miller (writer)

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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 Sharon Lee.


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 Albin O. Kuhn Library’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).[1]


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).[2] 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.[3][4]

On fan fiction[edit]

Miller and Lee strongly oppose fan fiction written in their universe. "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."[5]

Liaden Universe novels[edit]

Main article: Liaden universe

(coauthored with Sharon Lee)

Agent of Change Sequence[edit]

The Great Migration Duology[edit]

Other Liad novels[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Miller (along with Lee) has received various literary awards. In 2002, their Scout's Progress won the Prism Contest of the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the best novel of Futuristic Romance; and Local Custom by Lee and Miller came in second. Scout's Progress was also given the Romantic Times Book Club Reviewers Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2002. They won the Hal Clement Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction in 2005 for Balance of Trade, and in 2011 Fledgling was a finalist for the same award, presented by the Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction Literature.[28] In 2012, they jointly received the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the "Skylark"), from the New England Science Fiction Association.[29]

Miller, usually with Lee, has been a Guest of Honor 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[disambiguation needed] (2010); and ConQuesT and Chattacon (2012).[30]

Personal life[edit]

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.


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  2. ^ "Bibliography: 'Charioteer'" in ISFDb
  3. ^ "Steve Miller - Summary Bibliography" in the ISFDb
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  5. ^ Sharon Lee, Writer (2013-10-26). "Lee, Sharon. "The second answer" ''Sharon Lee, Writer'' October 26, 2013". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
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  28. ^ Golden Duck Awards website
  29. ^ List of Skylark winners
  30. ^ Lee and Miller Honors and Awards List

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