Steve Boyett

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Steven R. Boyett
Also known as DJ Steve Boyett
Born 1960
Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Science Fiction Fantasy
Occupation(s) writer and disc jockey

Steven R. Boyett, also known as DJ Steve Boyett, is a writer and disc jockey based in Northern California.

Early work[edit]

Boyett sold his first novel, Ariel,[1] at the age of 21, and went on to publish The Architect of Sleep, The Gnole (with illustrator Alan Aldridge), Elegy Beach (sequel to Ariel),[2] as well as numerous short stories and novellas. He has written Ren and Stimpy comics for Marvel and wrote the (uncredited) second draft of Toy Story 2.[3] In the early 1990s his small-press imprint called Sneaker Press published chapbooks by poets Carrie Etter and the late Nancy Lambert.

Boyett had short work in the seminal splatterpunk anthologies "Book of the Dead" (ed. John Skipp and Craig Spector) and "Silver Scream" (ed. David Schow), and the foundational novella in the influential "Borderland" shared-world fantasy anthology (ed. Terri Windling).

Boyett has taught fiction at UCLA Extension, Santa Monica Community College, and various workshops, including the annual La Jolla Writers Workshop. He posts and lectures frequently about New Media and the changing role of the writer in the digital age.[4]

Recent fiction[edit]

An expanded reprint of Ariel was published by Ace Books in August 2009, followed by a sequel, Elegy Beach, in November 2009. A new novel, Mortality Bridge, was published in July 2011 from Subterranean Press, and won the 2011 Emperor Norton Award[5] for best novel by a San Francisco Bay area writer. According to his blog, Boyett was writing a new novel in the Change series, Avalon Burning, but has put that on hold while he completes a collaborative novel, Fata Morgana, with director and artist Ken Mitchroney.

DJ Mix series[edit]

Boyett is also an electronic dance music DJ known for his Podrunner podcast of dance music mixed at a constant BPM, intended for use on digital audio players such as the iPod during exercise. Podrunner has been one of the world's most popular podcasts since its debut in February 2006,[6] and has been an award-winning Top 10 Podcast (first in Music, then in Health & Fitness) on iTunes for seven years in a row.[7]

"Groovelectric," his dance music podcast of what he calls "New Old Funk," has been an iTunes Top 100 Music podcast for seven years.

As a DJ Boyett has played clubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, as well as the annual Burning Man festival.


Novels and collections[edit]

  • Ariel (Ace Books, 1983. Reprinted August 2009)
  • Mortality Bridge (Subterranean Press, 2011)
  • Elegy Beach (Ace/Putnam, 2009)
  • Treks Not Taken (Harper Collins, 1998)
  • The Gnole (William Heinemann, 1992)
  • Orphans (Scorpius Digital Books, 2001)
  • The Architect of Sleep (Ace Books, 1986)

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Hard Silver", Subterranean Magazine, Winter, 2013
  • "Talking Back to the Moon", Urban Fantasy (Tachyon Publications, August, 2011)
  • "Not Last Night but the Night Before", Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2, ed. William Shafer (Subterranean Press, April 2011)
  • "The View from On High", The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF), Aug 2000, online reprint April 2009
  • "Current Affairs", F&SF, Jan 1998
  • "Drifting Off the Coast of New Mexico," Asimov's, June 1995
  • "Ithaca Bound", Tampa Review #6, Winter 1995
  • "Epiphany Beach", F&SF, May 1994
  • "The Madonna of Port Lligat", Asimov's, June 1994
  • "Man Overboard", Tampa Review #4, Spring 1993
  • "Like Pavlov's Dogs", Book of the Dead, ed. John Skipp & Craig Spector, Bantam, 1989; Zeising Press limited hardcover, 1989. Reprinted in Zombies, ed. John Skipp, Oct. 2009, Black Dog/Leventhal Press
  • "Emerald City Blues", Midnight Graffiti, Fall, 1988; reprinted in Best of Midnight Graffiti, New American Library, Oct 1992
  • "The Answer Tree", Silver Scream, ed. David J. Schow, Tor, 1988; Dark Harvest limited hardcover, 1988
  • "True Allegiance", Aboriginal, Nov.-Dec. 1988
  • "Minutes of the Last Meeting at Olduvai Gorge", Aboriginal, 1987; reprinted in Best of Aboriginal, 1988
  • "Prodigy", Borderland, ed. Terri Windling, Signet, 1986; Tor Books reprint, Dec 1992
  • "Bridge", Færy, ed. Terri Windling, Berkley, 1985
  • "Rocinante", Elsewhere, Vol. III, ed. Terri Windling, Berkley, 1984


  • Toy Story 2 (second draft), Pixar/Disney Studios, 1999

Comic books[edit]

  • Ren & Stimpy Quarterly Special #4, Marvel, Jan 1995
  • Ren & Stimpy Quarterly Special #2, Marvel, June 1994
  • Ren & Stimpy #16, Marvel, Marvel, Jan 1994
  • Space Ark #5, Apple Comics, 1990


  • Podrunner
  • Podrunner: Intervals
  • Groovelectric


  1. ^ The Book Smugglers Book Review: Ariel by Steven R. Boyett
  2. ^ SF Reviews Ariel
  3. ^ Steve Boyett - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - The New York Times
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