Lewis Shiner

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Lewis Shiner
Born (1950-12-30) December 30, 1950 (age 68)
Eugene, Oregon, United States

Lewis Shiner (born December 30, 1950) is an American writer.

Shiner began his career as a science fiction writer, but then identified with cyberpunk, and later wrote more mainstream novels, albeit often with magical realism and fantasy elements. He was formerly a resident of Texas (and a member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop), and now lives in North Carolina.

Shiner graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1973.[1]

Several of his novels have rock music as a theme or main focus, especially the musicians of the late 1960s; for example, Shiner's 1993 novel Glimpses considers the great never-recorded albums of The Doors, Brian Wilson, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Say Goodbye: The Laurie Moss Story (1999) focuses on a fictional up-and-coming female musician and her subsequent fall back down. Slam (1990) is immersed in skate punk and anarchist culture. Perhaps because novels with music as a major theme are not generally considered mainstream genre material, his work has frequently been overlooked.[citation needed]

He is a contributing author to the George R. R. Martin-edited anthology Wild Cards, notably creating that universe's most powerful character, the tantric sex magic wielding pimp, Fortunato.

In July 2007 Shiner created the web site Fiction Liberation Front (FLF) as a venue for his short stories. The stories are released under the Creative Commons license and are available in HTML and PDF formats. He has written a small manifesto explaining why he did this.

Since 2006, Shiner has been a card-carrying member of the radical labor union, the Industrial Workers of the World.[2]

On July 22, 2007, The News & Observer began publishing a weekly column by Shiner, titled "Graphic Scenes", about comics.[3]




  • Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the Universe. Eugene, OR, USA: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991. No ISBN (Author's Choice Monthly #4)
  • The Edges of Things. Baltimore, WA, USA: Washington Science Fiction Association, 1991. ISBN 0-9621725-2-9
  • Twilight Time. Eugene, OR, USA: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991. No ISBN
  • Private Eye Action As You Like It with Joe R. Lansdale. Holyoke, MA, USA: Crossroads Press, 1998. ISBN 1-892300-02-8
  • Love in Vain. Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2001. ISBN 1-931081-14-X
  • Shades of Gray (chapbook available with the signed, numbered limited edition of Black and White). Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2008.
  • Love in Vain (Australian edition, includes previously uncollected novellas "Perfidia" and "Primes"). Greenwood, WA, Australia: Ticonderoga Publications, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9803531-0-5
  • Collected Stories. Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59606-252-8
  • Widows & Orphans (chapbook available with the signed, numbered limited edition of Collected Stories). Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2009.

Wild Cards




  1. http://smu.edu/english/events/marshterry/program.htm
  2. https://www.scribd.com/doc/77024308/Industrial-Worker-Issue-1742-January-February-2012
  3. Shiner, Lewis (July 22, 2007). "Graphic Scenes". The News & Observer. pp. 4G<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  4. World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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