Well, as the Programming Division Head for Philcon 2013, I get to pass on this happy bit of news!
Allen M. Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Before he established himself as a science fiction author, he spent several years working as a journalist.
Steele began publishing short stories in 1988. Some of his early novels, such as “Orbital Decay” and “Lunar Descent” were about blue-collar workers working on future construction projects in space. Since 1992, he has focused more on stand-alone projects and short stories, although he has written several novels about interstellar exploration centered on the moon “Coyote”.
He is a three-time Hugo award winner: first in 1996, for his novella “The Death of Captain Future”, then in 1998 for his story “…Where Angels Fear to Tread,” and again for best novella in 2011 for “The Emperor of Mars.”
Steele serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Space Frontier Foundation and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he is a former member of the SFWA Board of Directors. In April, 2001, he testified before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives, in hearings regarding space exploration in the 21st century.
He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Linda and their dogs.
We are happy that Mr. Steel will be joining us for this year’s Philcon, being held Nov. 8-10, 2013, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. Please check our website for further details as they are available. We look forward to seeing you all there!