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Brust, Steven

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(1955-    ) Hungarian-descended US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, notably the long Vlad Taltos series and the swashbuckling Alexandre Dumas-like Khaavren Romances set earlier in the same universe. He is mentioned here chiefly for Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille (1990), an intermittently comic spoof about a saloon which dodges atomic Holocausts by leaping through time and space to other planets, where a mysterious enemy awaits.

Some of Brust's novels, like The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (1987), are more Fabulation than fantasy. Freedom and Necessity (1997) with Emma Bull is a political adventure, with echoes of Alexandre Dumas and intimations of fantasy, set in mid-nineteenth-century Britain as the Chartist Movement began to exercise a real-life influence. For details on the Incrementalists sequence beginning with The Incrementalists (2013) with Skyler White, see the entry for the latter. [JC]

Steven Karl Zoltán Brust

born St Paul, Minnesota: 23 November 1955



Vlad Taltos

Khaavren Romances


individual titles

collections and stories

  • The Desecrator (New York:, 2011) [story: ebook: first appeared 2 March 2011 na/John Stanko]


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