Steve Miller (1950-2023) – Locus Online


Author Steve Miller, 73, best known for the Liaden Universe series co-written with wife Sharon Lee, died suddenly on February 20, 2024, as reported by Lee on Facebook.

Steven R. Miller was born July 31, 1950 in Baltimore MD. He attended the University of Maryland, where he worked on college newpaper The Retriever and founded the science fiction club. He was the curator of the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery’s SF research collection, served in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, and was active in fandom. He married fan Sue Nice in 1975, divorcing in 1979. He married Sharon Lee in 1980. In 1988, they moved to Maine, where they lived for the rest of his life.

Miller attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 1973. He began publishing SF with “Shalgiel” (1976), and his first collaboration with Lee was “The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish” (1984). They collaborated on scores of books and stories together, mostly in the space opera Liaden Universe, beginning with Agent of Change (1988) and Carpe Diem (1989); there are over 20 novels and numerous collections in the Universe, most recently Salvage Right (2023).

They also co-wrote The Tomorrow Log (2003); the Great Migration Duology: Crystal Soldier (2005) and Crystal Dragon (2006); the Fey Duology: Duainfey (2008) and Longeye (2009); the Theo Waitley series: Fledgling (2009), Saltation (2010), and Ghost Ship (2011); and Sword of Orion (2005).

Lee & Miller jointly won the Skylark Award for contributions to SF in 2012.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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