Victor Milán (1954-2018)
Writer Victor Milán, 63, died February 13, 2018 in Albuquerque NM after years of declining health due to cancer.
His first SF story was “Soldatenmangel” (1981), and his first novels were in the War of Powers series in collaboration with Robert E. Vardeman. His solo debut, The Cybernetic Samurai (1985) won a Prometheus Award, and was followed by Prometheus Award-nominated sequel The Cybernetic Shogun (1990). He collaborated on historical fantasy Runespear (1987) with Melinda M. Snodgrass. As Robert Baron he wrote three volumes in the Stormrider adventure series, beginning with Stormrider (1992). His military SF includes Prometheus Award finalist CLD: Collective Landing Detachment (1995). In recent years his solo work has been in the Dinosaur series: The Dinosaur Lords (2015), The Dinosaur Knights (2016), and The Dinosaur Princess (2017).
Milán wrote numerous tie-in novels, works in shared worlds, and contributed to series under house names, including Star Trek, Battletech, Forgotten Realms, Outlanders, Death Lands, Rogue Angel, and the Wild Cards series. His new Wild Cards story “Evernight” went up on Tor.com the day after his death. In all, he wrote nearly a hundred books.
Victor Woodward Milán was born August 3, 1954 in Tulsa OK. He worked as a cowboy, computer support technician, actor, and disc jockey. He graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 1972, and attended Yale University and the University of New Mexico. He was a beloved figure in fandom, and served as the longtime MC for the Masquerade at Archon in St. Louis MO and the Costume Contest at Bubonicon in Albuquerque.
–Locus/Craig W. Chrissinger