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Matthew Stover

Matthew Stover

Overview
Matthew Woodring Stover (born 1962) is an American
United States
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 fantasy
Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

 and science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 novelist. He is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars
Star Wars
Star Wars is an American epic space opera film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year...

novels, including the novelization of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the sixth and final film released in the Star Wars saga and the third in terms of the series' internal chronology....

. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn
Iron Dawn
Iron Dawn is a fantasy novel written by Matthew Woodring Stover, and published in 1998 by Signet Books.Set a decade after the fall of Troy, the novel tells the tale of three mercenaries who fight to stop an evil necromancer from taking over the cityof Tyre....

and Jericho Moon. He has written three science-fiction/fantasy hybrid stories featuring a hero named Caine: Heroes Die
Heroes Die
Heroes Die by Matthew Stover is the first of a series of novels blending science fiction and fantasy and featuring the protagonist Caine.-Setting:...

, Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle is a science-fiction/philosophical novel by Matthew Stover and sequel to Heroes Die set seven years after the events of its predecessor. It is the second book in the ongoing Acts of Caine novel cycle...

, and Caine Black Knife
Caine Black Knife
Caine Black Knife is a 2008 fantasy novel written by American Science Fiction author Matthew Stover. It is labeled as the third of the Acts of Caine, and is act one of the Atonement story arc. It is published by the Ballentine Books division of Del Rey...

, with a fourth Caine's Law planned for release in 2012.
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Quotations

It's customary, at times like this, to say a few words. A man shouldn't die with no understanding of why he's been murdered. I do not pride myself on my eloquence, and so I will keep this simple.

The Acts of Caine, Heroes Die|Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine: Act of Violence) (1998)

I read once, somewhere, that the way you know you've grown up is when your future death becomes a stone in your shoe: when you feel it with every step.

(0.8) Del Rey, p. 23

A human life is defined by its relationship with others: by its duty to its species. In the face of this duty, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are meaningless. What you call individual rights are merely the cultural fantasy of a failed civilization.

(I.3) Del Rey, p. 74

Can't trust a fascist--truth is always your first sacrifice to the welfare of the state

(I.3) Del Rey, p. 74

Don't care about gods. Gods are irrelevant. What counts is people. What counts is having respect for each other.

(I.3) Del Rey, p. 75

"The problem with happy endings," Tan'elkoth said, "is that nothing is ever truly over."

(I.3) Del Rey, p. 89

Life is mere chance only when one allows it to be.

(V.8) Del Rey, p. 214

A religion that teaches you God is something outside the world--something separate from everything you see, smell, taste, touch, and hear--is nothing but a cheap hustle.

(VIII.4) Del Rey, p. 282
Encyclopedia
Matthew Woodring Stover (born 1962) is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 fantasy
Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

 and science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 novelist. He is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars
Star Wars
Star Wars is an American epic space opera film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year...

novels, including the novelization of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the sixth and final film released in the Star Wars saga and the third in terms of the series' internal chronology....

. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn
Iron Dawn
Iron Dawn is a fantasy novel written by Matthew Woodring Stover, and published in 1998 by Signet Books.Set a decade after the fall of Troy, the novel tells the tale of three mercenaries who fight to stop an evil necromancer from taking over the cityof Tyre....

and Jericho Moon. He has written three science-fiction/fantasy hybrid stories featuring a hero named Caine: Heroes Die
Heroes Die
Heroes Die by Matthew Stover is the first of a series of novels blending science fiction and fantasy and featuring the protagonist Caine.-Setting:...

, Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle is a science-fiction/philosophical novel by Matthew Stover and sequel to Heroes Die set seven years after the events of its predecessor. It is the second book in the ongoing Acts of Caine novel cycle...

, and Caine Black Knife
Caine Black Knife
Caine Black Knife is a 2008 fantasy novel written by American Science Fiction author Matthew Stover. It is labeled as the third of the Acts of Caine, and is act one of the Atonement story arc. It is published by the Ballentine Books division of Del Rey...

, with a fourth Caine's Law planned for release in 2012. OverWorld
Overworld
An overworld is, in a broad sense, an area within a video game that interconnects all its levels or locations. They are mostly common in role-playing games, though this does not exclude other video game genres....

, a comic book
Comic book
A comic book or comicbook is a magazine made up of comics, narrative artwork in the form of separate panels that represent individual scenes, often accompanied by dialog as well as including...

 series based on The Acts of Caine, is set to launch in April 2011.

Stover graduated in 1983 from Drake University
Drake University
Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in law and pharmacy. Today, Drake is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the country....

 and settled in Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

. He is an avid martial artist and a student of the Degerberg Blend, a Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded by martial artist Bruce Lee with direct, non classical and straightforward movements. Due to the way his style works they believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of...

 concept that mixes approximately twenty-five different fighting arts from around the world. This combat style influences the way Stover writes his fight scenes, for which he has won considerable acclaim. Stover lives with artist and writer Robyn Drake.

His non-Star Wars novels have garnered a smaller but loyal audience, though only his three most recent novels, retroactively dubbed as part of the Acts of Caine cycle, are still in print. Stover lists some of his prime influences as Roger Zelazny
Roger Zelazny
Roger Joseph Zelazny was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for his The Chronicles of Amber series...

, Stephen R. Donaldson
Stephen R. Donaldson
Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for his Thomas Covenant series...

, and Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was an American writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theatre and films, playwright, expert chess player and a champion fencer. Possibly his greatest chess accomplishment was winning clear first in the 1958 Santa Monica Open.. With...

. His dedication in Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle
Blade of Tyshalle is a science-fiction/philosophical novel by Matthew Stover and sequel to Heroes Die set seven years after the events of its predecessor. It is the second book in the ongoing Acts of Caine novel cycle...

cites other late "friends" including Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist...

 and Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a 19th-century German philosopher, poet, composer and classical philologist...

.

Matthew Stover has stated (on TheForce.net
TheForce.Net
TheForce.Net is a Star Wars news site. It has material related the movies and associated games, publications, and other merchandise ....

's message board) that he will be writing several non-fantasy genre works. Going outside of his known genre, he said he would be using a pseudonym
Pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...

. He stated that the novels would be a Chicago crime novel
Crime fiction
Crime fiction is the literary genre that fictionalizes crimes, their detection, criminals and their motives. It is usually distinguished from mainstream fiction and other genres such as science fiction or historical fiction, but boundaries can be, and indeed are, blurred...

 as well as a few mysteries.

As for future Star Wars
Star Wars
Star Wars is an American epic space opera film series created by George Lucas. The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year...

novels, Stover has said that he would be interested in writing the final adventure of the heroic trio of Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars franchise, where he is portrayed by Mark Hamill. He is introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which he is forced to leave home, and finds himself apprenticed to the Jedi master...

, Han Solo
Han Solo
Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise played by Harrison Ford. Introduced in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope , Solo and his Wookiee co-pilot, Chewbacca , become involved in the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire...

 and Princess Leia.

Barra & Co.

  • Iron Dawn
    Iron Dawn
    Iron Dawn is a fantasy novel written by Matthew Woodring Stover, and published in 1998 by Signet Books.Set a decade after the fall of Troy, the novel tells the tale of three mercenaries who fight to stop an evil necromancer from taking over the cityof Tyre....

    (May 1997) ISBN 0-451-45590-8, (April 1998) ISBN 0-451-45589-4
  • Jericho Moon (April 1998) ISBN 0-451-45678-5, (Sept. 1999) ISBN 0-451-45758-7
  • Heart of Bronze (1998 SFBC omnibus Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon) ISBN 1-56865-741-2

In January 2011, fsand.com released e-book
E-book
An electronic book is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital...

 versions of both novels. The e-books were slightly revised by Stover to restore some material cut by the original publisher.

The Acts of Caine

  • Heroes Die
    Heroes Die
    Heroes Die by Matthew Stover is the first of a series of novels blending science fiction and fantasy and featuring the protagonist Caine.-Setting:...

    (Act of Violence) (1997)
  • Blade of Tyshalle
    Blade of Tyshalle
    Blade of Tyshalle is a science-fiction/philosophical novel by Matthew Stover and sequel to Heroes Die set seven years after the events of its predecessor. It is the second book in the ongoing Acts of Caine novel cycle...

    (Act of War) (2001)
  • Caine Black Knife
    Caine Black Knife
    Caine Black Knife is a 2008 fantasy novel written by American Science Fiction author Matthew Stover. It is labeled as the third of the Acts of Caine, and is act one of the Atonement story arc. It is published by the Ballentine Books division of Del Rey...

    (Act of Atonement, Book One) (2008)
  • Caine's Law (Act of Atonement, Book Two) (February 2012)
  • Act of Faith Trilogy (possibly forthcoming)
  • Dead Man's Heart (Act of Remembrance) (possibly forthcoming)

Star Wars

  • Traitor
    Traitor (Star Wars novel)
    Traitor is a 2002 novel by Matthew Stover in the New Jedi Order series, which is set in the Star Wars universe. It is the fourteenth installment of the series.-Summary:...

     (The New Jedi Order)
    (2002)
  • Shatterpoint
    Shatterpoint
    Shatterpoint is a science fiction novel by Matthew Stover set in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars creator George Lucas wrote the prologue to the novel. Its main character is Jedi Master Mace Windu. Stover based Shatterpoint on both Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, and the film Apocalypse...

     (A Clone Wars Novel)
    (2004)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novel)
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is a novelization of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith written by Matthew Stover and published on April 2, 2005 by Del Rey Books....

    (2005)
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (December 2008)
  • Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (2006)

Other

  • God of War
    God of War (video game)
    God of War is an action adventure video game for the PlayStation 2 first released by Sony Computer Entertainment's Santa Monica division in March 2005...

    (with Robert E. Vardeman
    Robert E. Vardeman
    Robert Edward Vardeman is an American science fiction fan and writer. He got his start in writing by writing for science fiction fanzines, and was nominated for the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Vardeman is one of the founders of Bubonicon, a science fiction convention in Albuquerque, New...

    ) (May 2010)
  • Test of Metal: A Planeswalker
    Planeswalker
    In the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, a planeswalker is a mage with the ability to travel to different planes of existence.-Magic: The Gathering:...

     Novel
    (Magic: The Gathering
    Magic: The Gathering
    Magic: The Gathering , also known as Magic, is the first collectible trading card game created by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic continues to thrive, with approximately twelve million players as of 2011...

    ) (October 2010)

Short Stories

  • "Precursor" from Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archive (1999) ISBN 0-88677-823-9
  • "Br’er Robert" (2001)
  • "Equipment" from the Star Wars Short Story Collection (2003)
  • "In the Sorrows" (2005, The Acts of Caine)
  • "The Persian, the Coon, and Bullets" from the anthology Catopolis (2008) ISBN 978-0-7564-0514-4
  • "South Side Whipsaw: A Brock Steele Adventure" from Conquering Science Fiction (2009)

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