|Stephen Donaldson made his publishing debut in 1977 with Lord Foul's Bane, first book in the high fantasy trilogy entitled The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. It was named best novel of the year by the British Fantasy Society, and earned Donaldson the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1979. Also won the Balrog Fantasy Award for Best Novel (The Wounded Land), 1981; the Balrog Fantasy Award for Best Novel again (The One Tree), 1983; the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Novel (The One Tree), 1983; the Balrog Fantasy Award for Best Collection (Daughter of Regals and Other Tales), 1985; the Science Fiction Book Club Award for Best Book of the Year (The Mirror of Her Dreams), 1988; Science Fiction Book Club Award for Best Book of the Year (A Man Rides Through), 1989; The College of Wooster Distinguished Alumni Award, 1989; Julia Verlanger Award (France) for The Mirror of Her Dreams, 1990; WIN/WIN Popular Fiction Readers Choice Award for Favorite Fantasy Author, 1991; the Atlanta Fantasy Fair Award for Outstanding Achievement, 1992 and the President's Award, The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 1997. |
Between the ages of three and sixteen he lived in India, where his father, an orthopaedic surgeon, worked extensively with lepers; after hearing one of his father's speeches on leprosy he conceived the now-legendary Thomas Covenant. He graduated from the College of Wooster, Ohio, in 1968, and served two years as a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron before attending Kent University, where he received an M.A in English.
Full name Stephen Reeder Donaldson. Also write as Reed Stephens.
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