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||Bill Keith spent the best years of his childhood in the wooded mountains of
western Pennsylvania. He joined the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman
during the Vietnam era, then worked in the civilian medical field. Though he
started his creative career as an illustrator, Bill is now primarily a writer,
with (currently) seventy-eight novels, ten
non-fiction books, and twenty
short stories published, and more on the way, ranging from science fiction
to action-adventure to military technothrillers. His first love is science
fiction, however, especially military SF with a realistic, hard-science edge.
In years past, before he found out he could make more money writing about
spaceships than painting them, Bill worked both as an illustrator and a game
designer; he has forty games and game modules to his
professional credit. His SF artwork has won fan and best-of-show awards at various SF
conventions and shows, including Chicago's WindyCon and Pittsburgh's Confluence.
His WWII role-playing game Behind Enemy Lines won the 1982 H.G. Wells
Award for Best Role-Playing Game, and his Going Home module for Twilight: 2000
was an Origins Award Winner as one of the Best Games of the Year in 1986. He still does artwork occasionally, and his
paintings are have been on display each summer at Confluence, Pittsburgh's SF
con. Bill has applied his illustration experience to create computer-manipulated
photographic images, venturing into a brand-new field of artistic exploration.
He uses this chiefly to provide publishers with photorealist sketches of the
aliens, ships, and equipment that appear in his novels. Have a look at the
artwork pages to see some of these photos.
Since 1984, Bill has been writing
full-time. In the years since, Bill has
turned out an unreasonable number of books in a psychotic effort to catch up
with the late Isaac Asimov. His military fiction is written under a number of
pen names, including Keith Douglass and H. Jay Riker. Most of his SF has
been written under his own name, but the military-SF Galactic Marines series (the Heritage
trilogy, the Legacy trilogy, and the Inheritance trilogy), the Star Carrier
trilogy, and the upcoming Star Corpsman series, appear on the shelves under
the pseudonym Ian Douglas.
The work continues, with some exciting new books and series coming up. Bill
has recently branched out into non-fiction work, ghostwriting, and co-authoring
with some of the brighter lights in the SF and military/thriller worlds. Have a
look at the New Works page to see what he's working on now and what his deadline is,
and when they're going to be on the shelves. There's also a
new Full Bibliography page.
When he's not writing
-- a strange, twilight dimension of unreality dimly
experienced from time to time between novels -- Bill Keith can be found hiking
in his beloved mountains, participating in the local chapter of
murdering defenseless paper targets with weapons of various calibers. He's also
appeared as a guest lecturer at various nearby colleges and at Mensa events,
speaking on topics ranging from writing genre fiction to future spacecraft
propulsion systems to the future of Humankind in space. He practices and
teaches Reiki, researches metaphysical phenomena in hopes of another non-fiction
book contract, and can often be found soaking in a hot tub, in the words of the
late Frank Zappa, "pondering eternity, and fractional divisions thereof." He
lives in a small town in the Laurel Mountains with three cats, a bearded
dragon, a human partner named Brea, and various aquatic critters and plants.
All text copyright (c) William H. Keith
(c) Karen Yun-Lutz, renaissancewomanphotography.com
Library photo (a.k.a. "Billroy") copyright
(c) William H. Keith
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