Stephen R. Donaldson Biography
Born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen R. Donaldson lived in
India (where his father was a medical missionary) until 1963. He
graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1968, served two years
as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, doing hospital work
in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his
M.A. in English in 1971.
After dropping out of his Ph.D.
program and moving to New Jersey in order to write fiction, Donaldson
made his publishing debut with the first "Covenant" trilogy in 1977.
That enabled him to move to a healthier climate. He now lives in New
He went on to write eight more novels in the popular series, which
has received a number of awards. However, the achievements of which he
is most proud are the ones that seemed the most unlikely. In 1993 he
received a Doctor of Literature degree from the College of Wooster, and
in 1994 he gained a black belt in Shotokan karate from Sensei Mike
Heister and Anshin Personal Defense.
After completing the five-book,
seven-year Gap sequence of science fiction novels, Donaldson spent
quite some time "on vacation." However, he has now returned to work.
His most recent book prior to The Man Who Fought Alone was a second
collection of short fiction, Reave the Just and Other Tales. He is
currently hard at work on the final book of "The Last Chronicles of
From the author's website.
This biography was last updated on 07/12/2010.
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