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Stover, Matthew

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(1962-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest under his full name Matthew Woodring Stover with the Barra the Pict Fantasy diptych comprising Iron Dawn (1997) and Jericho Moon (1998). Of sf interest is the Acts of Caine sequence opening with Heroes Die (1998), in which a future corporate Dystopian Earth exploits a fantasy Parallel World (see Science and Sorcery) by infiltrating "actors" who are required to play out graphically violent Sword and Sorcery scenarios that provide Earth's masses with Virtual Reality entertainment.

Stover is perhaps best known for his contributions to the vast Star Wars franchise, beginning with the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order adventure Traitor (2002) and including Revenge of the Sith (2005), the official novelization of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005); for further ties to this universe see Checklist below. With David Brin, Stover edited the unauthorized symposium Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time (anth 2006; exp vt Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition 2015). [DRL]

Matthew Woodring Stover

born USA: 29 January 1962



Barra the Pict

  • Iron Dawn (New York: New American Library/Roc, 1997) as Matthew Woodring Stover [Barra the Pict: pb/Keith Birdsong]
  • Jericho Moon (New York: New American Library/Roc, 1998) as Matthew Woodring Stover [Barra the Pict: pb/Keith Birdsong]
    • Heart of Bronze (New York: Science Fiction Book Club, 1998) [omni of the above two: Barra the Pict: hb/Romas Kukalis]

The Acts of Caine

  • Heroes Die (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1998) as Matthew Woodring Stover [The Acts of Caine: pb/Doug Beekman]
  • Blade of Tyshalle (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2001) [The Acts of Caine: pb/Dave McKean]
  • Caine Black Knife (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2008) [The Acts of Caine: pb/]
  • Caine's Law (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2012) [The Acts of Caine: pb/]

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