Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 14, 2019. Stephenson wrote SF and mystery, edited magazine Altair, and was publisher of Altair Publishing/Altair Australia Books.
Stephenson was born September 17, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia. His first book, poetry collection Garments of Rainbow, appeared in 1992, and his first story, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, in 1998. He went on to publish around 50 stories, notably Aurora Award winner “Rains of la Strange” (2012). Some of his short work was collected in We Would Be Heroes (2004), The Clever Nature of Wool (2019), The Mess in My Head (2019), To an Untrained Mind (2019), and Blue Reasoning and other lesser tales (2019). Novel Life Light appeared in 2015, and Vanishing Light in 2018. He wrote Do You Want to Live Forever? as R.N. Stephenson (2019), and his non-fiction includes writing guide The Writing Soldier (2015).
He launched SF magazine Altair in 1998, and published six issues (the last a double issue) before closing in 2000. After that, he focused on publishing books through Altair Publishing, renamed Altair Australia Books in 2004; Altair Australia was also a literary agency. He edited various anthologies, including Zombies (2007) and four volumes of The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror series (2016-19).
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