Stephen Dedman grew up (though many would dispute this) on the
outer limits of Perth's metropolitan area, far enough from a good
library that he had to make up his own sf and horror stories. He
continued to do this when he should have been studying, and after false
starts at two other universities, received a B.A. in Creative Writing
and Film in 1984. Since then, he's held too many boring jobs and a few
interesting ones, including actor, tutor, experimental subject,
editorial assistant for Australian Physicist magazine, education
officer and used dinosaur salesman for the WA Museum, and the manager
of a science fiction bookshop. He's been writing for fun for more than
thirty years, and for money for twenty; he sold his first short story
in 1977, and his first novel in 1995. He quit yet another boring job in
1996 to write full time, and is currently working on two novels and
writing one new story a month.
Stephen is the author of the novels The Art of Arrow Cutting (Tor, 1997) and Foreign Bodies (Tor, 1999), and the non-fiction book Bone Hunters: On the Trail of the Dinosaurs (Omnibus, 1998). His short stories have appeared in an eclectic range of magazines and anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Little Deaths, Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Interzone, Weird Tales, and Realms of Fantasy.
His work has won the Aurealis Award and Australian Science Fiction
Achievement Award, and been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, the
British Science Fiction Association Award, and the Sidewise Award for
Stephen lives in Western Australia, and enjoys
reading, travel, movies, complicated relationships, talking to cats,
and startling people.