Smith, Dean Wesley

Tagged: Author | Editor

(1950-    ) US editor and writer who remains best known for founding Pulphouse Publishing in 1988, whose various enterprises he dominated, in partnership with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch, until the press was closed in 1996. With her he also edited Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook: The Professional Writer's Guide to Writing Professionally (anth 1990), a Locus Award-winning vade mecum full of necessary data, though not supremely well organized. After a vignette in The Clarion Awards (anth 1984) edited by Damon Knight, his first sf story was "Adrift in the Erotic Zone" for Gem in 1985. He won an award from the Writers of the Future Contest for "One Last Dance", which appeared in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (anth 1985) edited by Algis Budrys. His first novel, Laying the Music to Rest (1989), begins slowly, with an attempt to exorcize a ghost from a deep lake, but soon entangles itself in the routines of a Time-Travel conflict between warring factions; en passant the protagonist visits the Titanic, where it seems he may be stuck forever. With Rusch, he wrote the Tenth Planet sequence beginning with The Tenth Planet (1999), set in the Near Future when the eponymous tenth planet, which nears Earth every two thousand years causing great turmoil, threatens a millennial Disaster. The Seeders Universe sequence beginning with Dust and Kisses (2014) conflates Post-Holocaust extravagances and romance, as a returnee to Portland, Oregon, three years after an unexplained worldwide Disaster, meets an attractive man; the storyline soon exfoliates, however, into Space Opera territory.

Most of Smith's later work is made up of Ties, often with Rusch, including a range of novels tied to the Star Trek universe, beginning with The Big Game (1993) writing with Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Sandy Schofield [for further ties see Checklist]. There is energy and feeling in Smith's work, even in tales written for various proprietors, but also a sense of scurry. [JC]

see also: Final Fantasy; Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; Small Presses and Limited Editions; Unreal.

Dean Wesley Smith

born 10 November 1950

died

works

series

Star Trek

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek (original series and subseries)

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Captain's Table

  • The Mist (New York: Pocket Books, 1998) with Kristine Kathryn Rusch [tie to Star Trek and later series: Star Trek: The Captain's Table: pb/]

Marvel Universe: Spider-Man

Marvel Universe: Iron Man

Marvel Universe: X-Men

Men in Black

Tenth Planet

  • The Tenth Planet (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1999) with Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Tenth Planet: pb/Min Choi]
  • Oblivion (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2000) with Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Tenth Planet: pb/]
  • Final Assault (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2001) with Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Tenth Planet: pb/David Mattingly]

Roswell

Earth Protection League

  • Hand and Space (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2012) [story: chap: Earth Protection League: pb/]
  • The Gift of a Dream (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2013) [novella: chap: first appeared in Past Imperfect (anth 2001) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Larry Segriff: Earth Protection League: pb/]
  • A Time to Dream (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2013) [novelette: chap: first appeared in Guardsmen of Tomorrow (anth 2000) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Larry Segriff: Earth Protection League: pb/]

Jukebox

Poker Boy

Seeders Universe

  • Dust and Kisses (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Seeders Universe: pb/]
  • Against Time (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Seeders Universe: pb/]
  • Sector Justice (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Seeders Universe: pb/]
  • Morning Song (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Seeders Universe: pb/]
  • The High Edge (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Seeders Universe: pb/]

Thunder Mountain

  • Thunder Mountain (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • Monumental Summit (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • Avalanche Creek (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • The Edwards Mansion (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • Lake Roosevelt (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • Warm Springs (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]
  • Melody Ridge (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Thunder Mountain: pb/]

Captain Brian Saber / Earth Protection League

  • Life of a Dream (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Captain Brian Saber / Earth Protection League: pb/]

Cold Poker Gang

  • Kill Game (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2014) [Cold Poker Gang: pb/]
  • Cold Call (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Cold Poker Gang: pb/]
  • Calling Dead (no place given: WMG Publishing, 2015) [Cold Poker Gang: pb/]

Ghost of a Chance

individual titles

works as editor

series

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

individual titles

nonfiction

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