Tobias S. Buckell

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Tobias S. Buckell
Tobias S. Buckell
Tobias S. Buckell
Born1979 (age 40–41)
GenreScience fiction, speculative fiction
Tobias Buckell & John Scalzi at Boskone 43, 2006.

Tobias S. Buckell (born 1979) is a Grenadian science fiction writer. His 2008 novel, Halo: The Cole Protocol, made The New York Times Best Seller list. He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio.


Buckell was born in 1979 in Grenada in the Caribbean. He was raised on a boat.

Buckell attended Clarion in 1999. Not long after that he made his first sale, "Fish Merchant", to Scott Edelman at Science Fiction Age. The story appeared in the March, 2000 issue. About the time of the sale, his story "In Orbite Medievali" won a quarterly contest for the Writers of the Future. Since then his stories have appeared in a variety of places, including the magazines Analog and Nature, and the anthologies New Voices in Science Fiction, Men Writing Science Fiction As Women, and So Long Been Dreaming.

His first novel, Crystal Rain, was published in February 2006 by Tor Books. His second novel, Ragamuffin was published in 2007,[1] and was nominated for the illustrious Nebula award for that year. Sly Mongoose, his third novel, was published in August 2008. His first short story collection, Tides from the New Worlds, was published as a signed limited edition hardcover by Wyrm Publishing in April 2009.

Buckell made a non-physical appearance on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game show as a "Phone-A-Friend" for his friend Heidi Ruby Miller.[citation needed]

In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[2]

On June 16, 2008, Buckell was announced as the author for the sixth novel in the Halo book series titled Halo: The Cole Protocol, named after military procedures made to prevent the Covenant from obtaining crucial information, such as the location of Earth. The novel was published in November 2008.[3] In December, the novel debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list for paperback trade fiction.[4] Also he wrote the collaborative short story collection Halo Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe along with Karen Traviss, Eric Nylund and many other authors, which was released in November 2009.

In July 2010 he published an audiobook, The Alchemist and The Executioness, with Paolo Bacigalupi. These two works were published as separate print books in January 2011.

As of September 2011, Buckell is working on a stand-alone novel titled Infringement, adapted from his short story "A Jar of Goodwill," which was originally published in Clarkesworld. The novel will be published by Tor, sometime after the independent release of Apocalypse Ocean.[5]

Buckell has dyslexia.[6]


Xenowealth series[edit]

  • Crystal Rain (2006), ISBN 0-7653-1227-1
  • Ragamuffin (2007), ISBN 0-7653-1507-6
  • Sly Mongoose (2008), ISBN 0-7653-1920-9
  • Apocalypse Ocean (2012), e-book




Short Stories[edit]

As Editor[edit]

  • The Stories We Tell: Bermuda Anthology of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (2017), ISBN 978-0-947480-62-2


  1. ^ Kallam, Clay (2007-08-05). "An intriguingly dark look at the future". Mercury News.
  2. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Illinois University
  3. ^ "Halo: The Cole Protocol". Macmillan. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  4. ^ "The New York Times". 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
  5. ^ An Interview with Tobias S. Buckell Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine, by Alex J. Kane; published September 26, 2011; retrieved April 13, 2012
  6. ^ Holding Out For A Sequel: In Praise of Vernor Vinge, by Tobias Buckell, at; published October 10, 2011; retrieved April 12, 2012
  7. ^ Tobias Buckell - Hurricane Fever cover art and release date reveal Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, at; published November 2, 2013; retrieved November 4, 2013
  8. ^ Martin, George R. R. (June 19, 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.

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