Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson

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birthdate = Birth date and age|1959|10|7|mf=y
birthplace = Toronto, Canada
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occupation = Novelist
nationality = Canadian
period = 1991-Present
genre = Fantasy
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Steven Erikson (born October 7, 1959) is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the on-going series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Biography

Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, Canada, grew up in Winnipeg, lived in the UK with his wife and son, and has since returned to Canada. He is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training [http://us.macmillan.com/author/stevenerikson Steven Erikson's page at macmillan.com] ] and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Works

His first fantasy novel, "Gardens of the Moon" (1999), constitutes the first of ten projected volumes of the "Malazan Book of the Fallen". His style of writing tends towards complex plots with multiple point-of-view characters. The Malazan world was devised by Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont, initially as a setting for a role-playing game. "Gardens of the Moon" began as a movie script but evolved into a novel, which Erikson completed in 1991-92 but failed to sell.

In the late 1990s, Bantam UK bought "Gardens of the Moon" and requested that Erikson write additional books in the same series. Using the history of the world created by himself and Esslemont as a guide, he mapped out the series of ten novels. The rights to the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" were sold for approximately £500,000, among the "largest fees ever paid for a fantasy series" [Interview with SFX magazine, issue #99, Christmas 2002.] .

Erikson has stated explicitly that he enjoys playing with and overturning the conventions of fantasy, presenting characters that violate the stereotypes associated with their roles, [http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2006/01/new-steven-erikson-interview.html Fantasy hotlist interview with Steven Erikson] ] an obvious point being the insightful and murderous barbarian Karsa Orlong. He deliberately began the Malazan Book of the Fallen series in the midst of an ongoing story rather than beginning with a more conventional opening.

Bibliography

Malazan Book of the Fallen

Core books of the series:
* "Gardens of the Moon" (1999)
* "Deadhouse Gates" (2000)
* "Memories of Ice" (2001)
* "House of Chains" (2002)
* "Midnight Tides" (2004)
* "The Bonehunters" (2006)
* "Reaper's Gale" (2007)
* "Toll the Hounds" (2008)
* "Dust of Dreams" (forthcoming)
* "The Crippled God" (forthcoming)

Sidetrack novellas set in the Malazan world:
* "Blood Follows" (2002)
* "The Healthy Dead" (2004)
* "The Lees of Laughter's End" (2007)
* "Night of Knives" (2005) by Ian C. Esslemont
* "" (2007)

Other Novels

* "Stolen Voices" (1993), as Steve Rune Lundin
* "This River Awakens" (1998), as Steve Rune Lundin
* "Fishin' with Grandma Matchie" (2004)
* "When She's gone" (2004), as Steve Lundin
* "The Devil Delivered" - a novella (2005)

Collections

* "A Ruin of Feathers" (1991), as Steve Rune Lundin
* "Revolvo & Other Canadian Tales" (1998), as Steve Rune Lundin

cripts

* "The Dark" (2006), a web-based episodic drama serial, also served as co-creator.

Footnotes

External links

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* [http://starvalddemelain.pbwiki.com/ Steven Erikson's comments on the Malazan wiki Starvald Demelain] (Requires registration)
* [http://www.malazanempire.com/ Malazan Empire discussion forums]
* [http://dir.salon.com/story/books/review/2004/06/21/erikson/index.html?pn=1 Archaeologist of Lost Worlds- Salon review of Erikson's Malazan series]
* [http://www.fantasyliterature.net/eriksonsteven.html Reviews at FantasyLiterature.net]
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Interviews

* [http://nethspace.blogspot.com/2008/03/steven-erikson-answers-questions-five.html Interview at Neth Space]
* [http://www.wotmania.net/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=42054 Interview with Steven Erikson on wotmania.com]
* [http://www.wotmania.net/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=42999 Steven Erikson Q&A on wotmania.com]
* [http://www.sffworld.com/interview/165p0.html Interview at sffworld.com]
* [http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/erikson_interview.html Interview] conducted by Jeff VanderMeer for Clarkesworld Magazine

Persondata
NAME = Erikson, Steven
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Lundin, Steve Rune (real name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Canadian fantasy author
DATE OF BIRTH = October 7, 1959
PLACE OF BIRTH = Toronto, Canada
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =


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