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|Kevin J. Anderson|
March 27, 1962 |
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Pen name||Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson|
|Genres||Science fiction, fantasy, horror|
Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author with over forty bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Predator titles (also for Dark Horse), and X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson's superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, and The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Krypton came to be destroyed and the choice two parents had to make for their son.
Anderson serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest.
He is also participating in the The Stellar Guild series published by Phoenix Pick. The series pairs bestselling authors like Anderson with lesser known authors in science fiction and fantasy to help provide additional visibility to them.
Kevin J. Anderson (aka Kevin James Anderson) was born March 27, 1962 in Racine, Wisconsin. The War of the Worlds greatly influenced him. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled Injection. At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written ever since.
In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted. When it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50. In 1988 his first novel, Resurrection, Inc. was published.
Since 1993, 47 of Anderson's novels have been in bestseller lists. He has more than 20 million books in print worldwide.
Awards, records and nominations
- Blindfold: 1996 preliminary Nebula Award nominee
- Resurrection Inc.: nominated for Bram Stoker Award
- Ground Zero: No. 1 on The Sunday Times best seller list and voted "Best Science Fiction Novel of 1995" by readers of SFX magazine
- Guinness World Record for "Largest Single Author Signing" (previously set by General Colin Powell and Howard Stern)
- Novels with Beason: nominated for the Nebula Award and the American Physical Society's "Forum" award
- Ruins: on the New York Times best seller list (The first X-Files novel to do so) and voted the "Best Science Fiction Novel of 1996"
- Young Jedi Knights Series: New York Times best sellers, winner of 1999 Golden Duck Award (middle grades) for excellence in science fiction.
- Resurrection, Inc. (1988)
- Climbing Olympus (1994)
- Blindfold (1995)
- Hopscotch (2002)
- The Martian War (2005) (as Gabriel Mesta)
- Gamearth (March 1989)
- Game Play (October 1989)
- Game's End (September 1990)
with Doug Beason
- Lifeline (1990)
- The Trinity Paradox (1991)
- Assemblers of Infinity (1993) ISBN 0-553-29921-2
- Ill Wind (1995)
- Virtual Destruction (1996)
- Fallout (1997)
- Ignition (1997)
- Lethal Exposure (1998)
Star Wars books
- Darksaber (1996)
- Heirs of the Force (1995)
- Shadow Academy (1995)
- The Lost Ones (1995)
- Lightsabers (1996)
- Darkest Knight (1996)
- Jedi Under Siege (1996)
- Shards of Alderaan (1997)
- Diversity Alliance (1997)
- Delusions of Grandeur (1997)
- Jedi Bounty (1997)
- The Emperor's Plague (1997)
- Return to Ord Mantell (1998)
- Trouble on Cloud City (1998)
- Crisis at Crystal Reef (1998)
Short story anthologies edited by Anderson:
- Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995)
- Tales from Jabba's Palace (1996)
- Tales of the Bounty Hunters (1996)
- The Illustrated Star Wars Universe (1995)
- The Essential Chronology (with Daniel Wallace, 2000)
- The New Essential Chronology (original text only)
- Ground Zero (1995) ISBN 978-0-00-225448-9
- Ruins (1996) ISBN 978-0-00-648253-6
- Antibodies (1997) ISBN 978-0-00-224638-5
Star Trek books
- Highest Score (1996). Co-written with Rebecca Moesta, under the pseudonym Kem Antilles. Based on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series, set in the year 2370.
using materials by L. Ron Hubbard
- Ai! Pedrito! (1998)
(all with Brian Herbert)
Prelude to Dune Trilogy
Legends of Dune
(also with Frank Herbert)
- The Road to Dune (2005)
Heroes of Dune
- Paul of Dune (2008)
- The Winds of Dune (2009)
- The Throne of Dune (TBD) (Originally titled Irulan of Dune but now currently on hold until after Great Schools of Dune trilogy is completed)
- Leto of Dune (TBD) (Title may have changed to Golden Path of Dune but now currently on hold until after Great Schools of Dune trilogy is completed)
Great Schools of Dune
- "Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas"
- "Dune: Hunting Harkonnens"
- "Dune: Whipping Mek"
- "Dune: The Faces of a Martyr"
- "Dune: Sea Child"
- "Dune: Treasure in the Sand"
- StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga (2001) (as Gabriel Mesta)
Fantastic Voyage books
- Fantastic Voyage: Microcosm (2001)
as K. J. Anderson
- Captain Nemo: The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius (2002) (a fictional life of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo)
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – novelization of the 2003 movie
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow – novelization of the 2004 movie
The Saga of Seven Suns series
- Hidden Empire (2002)
- A Forest of Stars (2003)
- Horizon Storms (2004)
- Scattered Suns (July 18, 2005)
- Of Fire and Night (2006)
- Metal Swarm (2007)
- The Ashes of Worlds (2008)
The Saga of the Shadows series
Sequel Series to The Saga of Seven Suns
- The Dark Between the Stars (2014)
with Dean Koontz
- Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son (2005). Future editions of this book removed Anderson's name from the cover.
- JSA Strange Adventures #1–6 – 2005, DC Comics
Crystal Doors series
with Rebecca Moesta
- Island Realm (2006)
- Ocean Realm (2007)
- Sky Realm (2008)
Using materials by A. E. van Vogt
- Slan Hunter (2007)
- The Last Days of Krypton (2007)
- Enemies & Allies (2009)
Terra Incognita Series
- The Edge of the World (2009)
- The Map of All Things (2010)
- The Key to Creation (2011)
A trilogy about two countries, Uraba and Tierra, at war with each other. Set in a medieval world, both countries explore the world in order to gain an upper hand against the other. One goal is to find the sacred land of Terravitae. Anderson and musician and music producer Erik Norlander created a crossover project called Roswell Six and released the album "Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon". It combines progressive rock/metal with science fiction lyrics by Anderson and his wife.
Star Challengers Series
(with Rebecca Moesta)
- Moonbase Crisis (2010)
- Space Station Crisis (2011)
- Asteroid Crisis (2011)
with Brian Herbert
- Hellhole (2011)
- Hellhole Awakening (March 19, 2013)
- Hellhole Impact (2015?)
with Neil Peart
- Clockwork Angels (September 1, 2012)
This novelization of Rush's 20th studio album was a collaboration between Anderson and the group's drummer/lyricist Neil Peart.
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Series
- Death Warmed Over (September 1, 2012)
- Unnatural Acts (January 1, 2013)
- Hair Raising (May 2013)
He has also edited anthologies including:
- War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (1996, ISBN 0-553-10353-9)
- Blood Lite (2008)
- Blood Lite II: Overbite (2011)
- Blood Lite III: Aftertaste (2012)
|Title||Year||First published in||Reprinted in|
|Entropy Ranch||1990||Starshore (Winter 1990)||Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)|
|Fondest of Memories||1991||Full Spectrum 3, ed. Lou Aronica, Amy Stout and Betsy Mitchell (Doubleday Foundation, 1991)||Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)|
|Music Played on the Strings of Time||1993||Analog 113/1&2 (Jan 1993)||Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)|
|Tide Pools||1993||Analog 113/14 (Dec 1993)||Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)|
|Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror / with Doug Beason||1988||Full Spectrum, ed. Lou Aronica and Shawna McCarthy (Bantam Spectra, 1988)||Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)|
|Rescue at L-5 / with Doug Beason||1990||Project Solar Sail, ed. Arthur C. Clarke and David Brin (Roc/Penguin, 1990)|
|Santa Claus Is Coming to Get You||2011||Deathrealm, ed. Stephen Mark Rainey (Fall/Winter, 1991)||Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted 2011, (Shock Totem Publications, 2011)|
- Dogged Persistence (Golden Gryphon Press, 2001)
- 18 stories: Canals in the Sand, Dogged Persistence, Drumbeats, Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas, Entropy Ranch, Final Performance, Fondest of Memories, The Ghost of Christmas Always, Human, Martian - One, Two, Three, Much at Stake, Music Played on the Strings of Time, New Recruits, The Old Man and the Cherry Tree, Prisoner of War, Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror, Scientific Romance, Sea Dreams, Tide Pools
- [dead link]
- US. "Roswell Six | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
- Encyclopaedia Metallum: Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon
- Kevin J. Anderson's web site
- Kevin J. Anderson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Golden Gryphon Press official site – About Dogged Persistence
- Kevin J. Anderson interviewed – March 2007 interview with Kevin J. Anderson
- Kevin J. Anderson interviewed – February 2010 interview with Kevin J. Anderson