Writer Stepan Chapman, 63, died January 27, 2014. Chapman is best known in the SF field for his Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Troika (1998), and was renowned for his challenging work, which embraced surrealism and absurdity.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Chapman attended the University of Michigan, where he studied theater. In addition to writing, he worked as an inserter at a newspaper and as a daycare provider. His first SF story was “Testing… One, Two, Three, Four” in Analog (1969), and his work appeared in many SF magazines and anthologies in the decades to follow, including several volumes of the Orbit series, Electric Velocipede, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Not One of Us, and many mainstream literary magazines. Some of his short work was collected in Danger Music (1996) and Dossier (2001).
See the March issue of Locus for a complete obituary.