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Stephen Goldin

STEPHEN GOLDIN is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy writer who was born in 1947 in the city of Philadelphia. When he was 13, his parents moved to California and, upon reflection, he decided to accompany them. It was a lucky thing he did, too; otherwise, when he went to college, the commute to UCLA would have been quite difficult. He eventually graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy.

His first job out of college was as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy. The urge to write was strong, though, and after several years he left to try writing full time. He only regretted the move every other Thursday, when he would have gotten paid.

After several years of genteel poverty, he took a job as writer/editor for a pornographic humor paper, the San Francisco Ball. In retrospect, this was a great crucible; because of deadline pressure, he had to learn to make his writing dirty, funny, and one draft.

At about this time, too, he began selling novels on a regular basis. While he has, from time to time, held down other full-time employment (he helped design the Star Trek: The Next Generation computer game "A Final Unity" for Spectrum HoloByte and has also written manuals and game design documents for Maxis), his real love is fiction writing and he continues to pursue it.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky. In the 10+ years of their marriage, in addition to their individual works, they collaborated on a pair of stories ("Painting the Roses Red" and "The Devil Behind the Leaves") about the diMedicis, a family of interstellar swindlers.

Mr. Goldin's current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. They currently live in the San Francisco East Bay area. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series: Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates. More books in this series are planned.

Mr. Goldin is an atheist whose interests include Broadway show albums and surrealist art. He has lived with cats virtually all his adult life.

Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as SFWA's Western Regional Director.

Contact Information:

Email Address: parsina.press@gmail.com


Books By Stephen Goldin

Word Count: 110100

Summary: At first, expecting her new job to be easy, Jade Darcy is oblivious to the religious strife wracking the world of Restaapa. Jade and Megan Cafferty, her employer, discover that the Restaapans are in the process of choosing a new heir to the throne. During this process, the candidates hatch plots against anyone they see as a danger to their victory. Each one of them will go to any extreme, even murder, to assure his election as Restaapa’s heir. Jade and Megan are pegged as threats that must be eliminated. And Jade has the difficult task of restoring order to Restaapa as well as protecting her own life.

Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates - Stephen Goldin & Mary Mason
Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates

Stephen Goldin , Mary Mason ...

August 9, 2012

Word Count: 85500

Summary: For the past five years, Jade Darcy has not seen another human being. A computer-augmented mercenary, she lives on the planet Cablans, a stopover point for traders from hundreds of worlds -- and a good place to meet customers who need the services of a skilled warrior. She turns down what she considers a suicide assignment: traveling to an enslaved world to assassinate one of its military leaders. But then she learns there's another human being on Cablans -- a human being with the potential to expose Jade's mysterious past, with possibly fatal results. All of a sudden, a suicide mission looks positively appetizing....

Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor - Stephen Goldin & Mary Mason
Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor

Stephen Goldin , Mary Mason ...

March 24, 2012

Word Count: 73300

Summary: Hawker was a good soldier -- so good, in fact, that the Army asked him and his buddies to sign on for an extended hitch. What they couldn't know was that the extension would last forever. Century after century, war after war, Hawker and his comrades were re-animated over and over to fight on alien planets with ever more advanced weapons. The reasons for the wars were incomprehensible, but that didn't matter. All that counted was the fighting itself. From incarnation through incarnation, one goal remained in Hawker's mind. Somewhere, somehow, there had to be a way out of the loop. And he was determined to find it.

The Eternity Brigade - Stephen Goldin
The Eternity Brigade

Stephen Goldin ...

March 9, 2010

Word Count: 41000

Summary: Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong? But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn--in the desert in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk. And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him....

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Polly - Stephen Goldin
Polly!

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 90500

Summary: Starting from the fabled holy city of Ravan, two paths diverge that will take their respective travelers to the farthest reaches of Parsina. The black-hearted thief Hakem Rafi comes into possession of the ultimate power of evil, while the storyteller Jafar al-Sharif and his daughter Selima begin a longer involuntary journey that will test the limits of their ingenuity. But first, they must fool the world's greatest wizard into believing that they, too, are practitioners of the mystic arts. Thus begins the Parsina Saga, a journey through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.

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Shrine pf the Desert Mage - Stephen Goldin - Parsina Saga
Shrine of the Desert Mage

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 108100

Summary: Starting on his reluctant odyssey with a small party of friends, the storyteller Jafar al-Sharif must cope with treacherous nomads, a desert djinn, a king of an underground realm and an army of animated corpses as he attempts to save the life of his beloved daughter. This is Book 2 of the Parsina Saga, a journey through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.

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The Storyteller and the Jann - Stephen Goldin - Parsina Saga
The Storyteller and the Jann

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 115800

Summary: Continuing his reluctant odyssey, the storyteller Jafar al-Sharif must cope with fiendish assassins, a city of apes, the King of the Winds, the Isle of Illusions and a mysterious long-vanished underwater city as he attempts to save the life of his beloved daughter. This is Book 3 of the Parsina Saga, a journey through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.

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Crystals of Air and Water - Stephen Goldin - Parsina Saga
Crystals of Air and Water

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 96200

Summary: As the empire of evil sweeps across the land, the fate of Parsina rests on Jafar al-Sharif, the storyteller impersonating a wizard, and the exiled Prince Ahmad from the holy city of Ravan. But peril continues to dog their footsteps on the way to Mount Denavan and the final piece of the Crystal of Oromasd. They must confront the dangers of a mysterious island, the City of Faces, and the dragon demon who guards the fourth piece of the crystal. And even these threats pale before the betrayal by a trusted member of their company -- while within the heart of the dark enemy, Aeshma, king of the daevas, plots treachery against his own master to unleash an unimaginable tide of evil to engulf the world and destroy mankind. TREACHERY OF THE DEMON KING is the long-awaited conclusion to Stephen Goldin's Parsina Saga, a sweeping epic across an Arabian Nights world of imagination and wonder.

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Treachery of the Demon Ring - Stephen Goldin - Parsina Saga
Treachery of the Demon King

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 96100

Summary: The idle rich of galactic Society had little to do that was productive, so they loved to invent useless little games to keep themselves occupied--and the greatest was the Scavenger Hunt, held only once every 20 years. Visit different worlds, pick up hard-to-get items that can't simply be bought, and have a fine time. A clever way to pass empty hours. Tyla deVrie and her twin brother, Bred, follow the family tradition of entering the Scavenger Hunt. Their parents died during the last Hunt 20 years ago, and they mean to regain the family honor. But as they hop from planet to planet aboard Bred's decadent space yacht with its all-woman crew, fate seems to be making the Scavenger Hunt far more than just a game. It will irrevocably change their lives--that is, if it doesn't end them first.

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Scavenger Hunt - Stephen Goldin
Scavenger Hunt

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 60350

Summary: Starship captain Ardeva Korrell is used to fighting prejudice, both because she's a woman in what's normally a man's line of work and because she's from a world with a misunderstood religion. But now, on a trading mission to a backwater planet, she finds herself with another kind of fight on her hands; she and her small crew must battle an army of robots and defeat the tyrannical, god-like beings who have enslaved the native population. The task before them is straightforward: to storm the gates of Heaven itself!

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Assault on the Gods - Stephen Goldin
Assault on the Gods

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 70400

Summary: Tamara Ruben and ten of her high school classmates are on a field trip in the California desert when they stumble across a long-dormant spaceship. Without warning, the ship takes off with them aboard, stranding them alone in interstellar space with no idea where they're going or what they must do when they get there. Now they must figure out the ship's workings to keep themselves alive... and Tamara realizes her mind is being taken over by a set of alien Voices that may or may not be trying to help her. Can the inexperienced teenage crew learn to cooperate to solve the unprecedented challenges they'll face on their historic journey?

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Into the Out - Stephen Goldin
Into the Out

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 62300

Summary: The Quasiverse: A land that’s a combination of Oz, Wonderland, Discworld, and general surreality, where anything can happen and often does; a land of snow globe mines and french fries plantations; a land where bossy birds can have teeth and locks can be very particular about how you stick a key in them; a land where you never know what color the sky will be when you wake up in the morning and where murder victims can be only randomly dead. Martia Rosenthal is escaping from a bad love affair, and enlists for a diplomatic assignment in the Quasiverse. With the combination of her wealth and the position of sub-legate, she’s assured it will be a quiet post. But she reckons without the vagaries of this bizarre world, where the unusual nature of her friends, as well as her enemies, threatens to end her sanity, if not her very life. Quiet Post is an absurdist comedy with surprises around every turn and smiles never far from your lips.

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Quiet Post - Stephen Goldin
Quiet Post

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 87700

Summary: A lost science fiction classic! Birk Aaland is a political outcast from Earth's tyranny, and has been living for years on a planet inhabited solely by robots, ever since his ship crashed here.Now another ship has crashed, and there is again a single survivor -- a woman who's desperate to warn Earth of an alien invasion.But Birk is perfectly happy with his current exile -- until a twist of fate intervenes, causing each of them to re-evaluate their lives and their total existence.

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A World Called Sollitude - Stephen Goldin
A World Called Solitude

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 77550

Summary: Alain Cheney is a spy who desperately needs to come in from the cold. Earth is able to maintain what control it can over its former colonies by using telepathic spies. But what even the spies don't know is that, once they reach their late thirties, they begin exhibiting mental instability and must be eliminated to protect the program as a whole. Alain Cheney is one of Earth's best telepaths, but this only makes him more susceptible. He has to battle not only his physical condition, but also his own organization in an attempt to survive.

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Mindflight - Stephen Goldin
Mindflight

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 59600

Summary: The exciting sequel to Mindflight. On the planet Iwagen, Richard and Mara Cheney have taken over their late parents' project, a hospice for telepausal Dur-ill telepaths, hoping to start a new telepathic generation. But someone else is interested in Dur-ill telepaths, too. A mind-being called the Mentad has been growing on Dur-ill worlds, absorbing Dur-ill telepaths into itself and becoming a collective consciousness with many bodies. It learns about the Cheneys' hospice and stages a deadly raid. When his sister is taken by the Mentad, Richard must seek the aid of the Terran Intelligence Agency, the very group responsible for trying to kill his parents. With Agency assistance,Richard will stop at nothing to free his sister and the others from the Mentad's clutches.

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Mindsearch - Stephen Goldin
Mindsearch

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 71370

Summary: Dream broadcasting is the latest entertainment medium. Wayne Corrigan and his colleagues at Dramatic Dreams can broadcast dreams directly into your mind as you sleep for the ultimate in personal adventure. But when a mysterious malfunction occurs, Wayne is called on to enter a Dream started by another Dreamer. Once inside, he finds a situation run wild and people enslaved by the original Dreamer--a genius bent on self-destruction. Now, tens of thousands of people--including the woman Wayne loves--are in danger of dying or going insane unless he can find some way to wrest control of the Dream away from a madman.

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And Not Make Dreams Your Master - Stephen Goldin
And Not Make Dreams Your Master

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 29600

Summary: Deborah Raboinowitz is a literary broker. She travels to alien worlds via virtual reality and sells the publishing rights to Earth books on other planets. But when an alien is murdered right before her eyes, there's no way she can keep from being involved and solving the murder herself. Then, when an old friend is accused of a murder on a different world, Deborah has to become a lawyer and defend her friend before a kangaroo court by solving that murder, too.

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Alien Murders - Stephen Goldin - Deborah Rabinowitz Mysteries
Alien Murders

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 41600

Summary: A book in the tradition of the Heinlein juveniles. Young Alex Bredakoff always wanted to be a star trader. But it wasn't until his family moved to the Nexus space colony and he met Kasinda Venderling--daughter of a trader, and someone who's been plying the star lanes her entire life--that he realized how truly exciting--and dangerous--his life could become. But when you're in a runaway starship with a kidnapped alien prince, flying straight into a sun, it's a little late to re-evaluate your options.

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Crossroads of the Galaxy - Stephen Goldin
Crossroads of the Galaxy

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 63000

Summary: With humanity scattered across the galaxy on hundreds of worlds, the Empire is the only force for order across the stars. Without it, interstellar conflicts would bring chaos and billions of deaths. But the tsar has been in a coma for five years now, and his grand-niece, the only apparent heir, is only 14 years old. In this hour of crisis, the task of preserving the Empire falls to two untrained--but far from unskilled--agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service. Can they make a difference against the vast forces arrayed against them?

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Tsar Wars - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Tsar Wars

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 53400

Summary: Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the pleasure moon Vesa and simply vanished without a trace. Is this part of some vast galactic conspiracy? To find out, the Imperial Special Investigation Service dispatches its two best agents to look into the matter--and the shocking truth they reveal leads to a chain of discoveries that eventually threatens the stability of humanity's entire interstellar Empire.

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Treacherous Moon - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Treacherous Moon

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 51000

Summary: By sheer accident, the Imperial Special Investigation Service stumbled across a fiendish plot against the Empire--using a time bomb to blow up the tsaritsa and throw the galaxy into chaos.Now, to learn the truth, its agents must infiltrate a hollow mountain, the lair of a mad robotic genius, while simultaneously protecting her majesty from a hidden assassin. And somewhere, a time bomb is ticking.

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Robot Mountain - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Robot Mountain

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 52800

Summary: The galaxy's top criminals have not only been getting away from police, they've disappeared from sight entirely. Suspecting something far more sinister than a mere crime wave, the top agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service delve into the matter--only to discover this is the tip of a galaxy-spanning conspiracy that threatens to undermine the stability of the Empire itself.

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Sanctuary Planet - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Sanctuary Planet

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 51700

Summary: A hidden conspiracy is plotting to use the tsaritsa's wedding as the occasion to overthrow the true ruler and start a bloody revolt to take over the throne for themselves. Meanwhile, in the depths of interstellar space, a flotilla of space pirates is gathering. Is it mere coincidence, or a coordinated attack to topple the Empire and seize control of all human-occupied space? The Imperial Special Investigation Service must unravel the plots and thwart these plans before it's too late.

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Stellar Revolution - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Stellar Revolution

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 48000

Summary: An armed cadre of fundamentalist extremists threatens the security of the interstellar Empire, while uprisings of separatist traitors spark outrage on dozens of planets around the galaxy. The agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service must find the common thread and de-fang these vipers before the wildfire of revolution engulfs the galaxy.

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Purgatory Plot - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Purgatory Plot

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 71300

Summary: Space pirates harass interstellar shipping. On the frozen world of Gulag--where, for centuries, the Empire's worst traitors have been exiled--dangerous plots are hatching. Time is running out for agents of the Imperial Special Investigation Service to save the Empire from the most serious revolt in its centuries-long history.

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Traitor's World - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Traitors' World

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 50750

Summary: Having had its plans thwarted too many times by the Imperial Special Investigation Service, the evil conspiracy declares war directly on the brave men and women who serve in the agency. Impostors sabotage the Service's work, and the Commissar himself falls under suspicion. ISIS must confront itself to prevent being torn apart from within.

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Counterfeit Stars - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Counterfeit Stars

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 60700

Summary: For centuries, now, humanity has expanded into space without encountering an alien civilization. Suddenly, the peaceful outlying planet Omicron is attacked by an ominous outside threat--and the Imperial Special Investigation Service finds itself joining forces with the conspiracy it's been battling for years to save mankind from external danger.

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Outworld Invaders - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Outworld Invaders

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 62300

Summary: Finally the evil conspiracy reveals itself in all its true power, bringing the Empire to its knees. Even the Imperial Special Investigation Service is helpless in the face of the unexpected, overwhelming attack. But the Empire strikes back with all the resources at its disposal--hoping against hope that will be enough to save humanity.

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Galactic Collapse - Stephen Goldin - Agents of Isis
Galactic Collapse

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 56250

Summary: GHOSTS, GIRLS, & OTHER PHANTASMS is a comprehensive collection of Stephen Goldin's solo short fiction, containing most of the stories from his earlier collection THE LAST GHOST AND OTHER STORIES. (The "Angel in Black" stories have been broken out into their own volume.) It includes some of his best-known stories, such as the Nebula Award finalist story "The Last Ghost" and the oft-anthologized "Sweet Dreams, Melissa." The complete Table of Contents lists:

  • Sweet Dreams, Melissa
  • The Girls on USSF 193
  • Nice Place to Visit
  • When There's No Man Around
  • Xenophobe
  • Grim Fairy Tale
  • Of Love, Free Will, and Gray Squirrels on a Summer Evening
  • Stubborn
  • But As A Soldier, For His Country
  • The World Where Wishes Worked
  • Apollyon Ex Machina
  • Prelude to a Symphony of Unborn Shouts
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young God
  • The Last Ghost
  • Haunted Houses
The stories in this book run the gamut from humor to pathos, and demonstrate the evolution of a prolific writer in the speculative fiction field. Enjoy!

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Ghosts, Girls and Other Phantoms - Stephen Goldin
Ghosts, Girls, & Other Phantasms

Stephen Goldin ...

Word Count: 59500

Summary: Wesley Stoneham, an ambitious lawyer and politician, has just murdered his wife in a fit of rage. Now he's planning to frame an innocent man for the crime. But he doesn't realize there was a witness to the crime: an invisible alien who's visiting Earth via astral projection. Now the alien has two problems: Should he report the crime to the authorities...and if so, how?

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Herds - Stephen Goldin
Herds

Stephen Goldin ...