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Stephen Goldin
Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy author who's lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college,... show more

Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy author who's lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He's published more than 40 books, and lots of articles and stories.His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky, with whom he co-wrote the first edition of the highly acclaimed nonfiction book, THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER. His current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. So far, they have co-authored two books in the beloved "Rehumanization of Jade Darcy" science fiction series about a female space mercenary who, when she doesn't have a convenient war to fight, works as a bouncer at an interspecies bar and grill.His four-volume epic fantasy, the Parsina Saga, came about because he was bored with fantasies that all seemed to be either based on European mythology or else involved barbarian heroes. Instead he conceived an Arabian Nights-style adventure out of the dreams of his childhood and exciting movies like Ray Harryhausen's "7th Voyage of Sinbad." Genies in bottles and flying carpets are only some of the wonders that await the intrepid reader of SHRINE OF THE DESERT MAGE and the ensuing volumes.In the mid-1970s he took E.E."Doc" Smith's novella "Imperial Stars" and expanded it to novel length, then wrote nine more original novels of his own to form the classic Family d'Alembert series. In the early 21st century though, unhappy with the way those first versions had become outdated, he wrote an entirely new first novel, TSAR WARS, with an entirely new universe and characters and then rewrote all the remaining novels to comply with it. The result was the completely re-envisioned Agents of ISIS series. While purists may insist on the original books, modern space opera readers have said they prefer the newer series for its better writing, deeper background, more believable (well, slightly) characters, and up-to-date technology. The books of the Agents of ISIS series are also considerably less expensive in ebook format than those of the original series.His newest book is the fun--and funny--QUIET POST, set in a fantasy universe where almost anything can, and does, happen. It's surreal and was great fun to write; we hope it's at least as much fun for people to read!Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization's Western Regional Director. An atheist, he has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art.Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com. Many of his books and stories can be bought through Parsina Press at http://parsina.com.Photo by D.N. "Lynx" Crowe
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Watch - Eat - Read
Watch - Eat - Read rated it 1 year ago
I found this short novella well written and engaging. I thought the characters were simple but appropriate for the length of the story. I liked the ideas explored and the vagueness I initially felt was quickly sorted by realising that was intentional. There is nothing too complex going on and don't ...
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Art monkey Reads rated it 3 years ago
I was looking for a fun, lite adventure story set in space. That is what Steven Goldin has presented here. It is a spy story haveing the main protaginists a pair of dancing acrobatic consins into super agents, opperating outside the law to protect and serve their goverment. If your into space opera ...
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Anna Erishkigal's blog rated it 4 years ago
I'm a sucker for a massive, galactic-spanning space opera that has everything but the kitchen sink in it (Star Wars anyone?), so when the tongue-in-cheek Tsar Wars came across my recommendation list, it was a given I'd snap it up. I enjoyed this book far more than perhaps I should have. Galactic e...
Anna Erishkigal's blog
Anna Erishkigal's blog rated it 4 years ago
I originally read this book back when I was in high school, not so long after the Vietnam war that people still questioned why wars were even being fought. Even back then this story stuck with me, and was my first real introduction to the sub-genre of military science fiction. What happens when kill...
DaringPeg
DaringPeg rated it 6 years ago
This book is beautifully written and flows from aspect to aspect and character to character smoothly. The differences in philosophy between the Romulans, Klingons, and Humans was intriguing. The idea of a mad Organian was a brilliant idea and his world unique in a way that is hard to explain but o...
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