Steve Utley first broke into print in the seventh grade with a poem about
Hannibal (the Carthaginian general, not Samuel L. Clemens's hometown), but
it wasn't until his freshman year of high school, when he discovered Mars
-- the Mars of science fiction's two great romantics, Edgar Rice Burroughs
and Ray Bradbury -- that he somehow understood that he, too, must grow up
to be a Writer, or at least a rich and famous person. This desire eventually
led him to Texas (from Tennessee of all places), where he fell in with other
young writers, including Lisa Tuttle, Howard Waldrop, and Bruce Sterling.
Although his heart remains in Austin, family matters have brought him back
to the environs of Nashville, smack on the buckle of the Bible Belt. He
leads a quiet life, surrounded by his books, his cats and his dangerously
His work as a Writer (not quite so rich or famous) has been gathered in
three collections: This
Impatient Ape, Career
Moves of The Gods and Ghost Seas (1997 Ticonderoga Publications).
A new volume, The Beasts of Love, is forthcoming from Wheatland
Press and gathers 31 stories published between 1973 and 1997, plus a swell
introduction by Lisa Tuttle.
My Evil Twin © Steven Utley