About the Author

Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith has published over two hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in five major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series starring Poker Boy, and the highly acclaimed puzzle mystery series The Cold Poker Gang.

His monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly, consisting of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and each month has over 60,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, they wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as executive editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series. He is now also the editor of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine and Writers of the Future.



  • Gary Lynch

    Dear Mr. Smith,

    I am reaching out to you on behalf of a science fiction book
    club that just read Damon Knight’s “The Country of the Kind”.
    Different members read different printings and we found there
    were at least two versions of the story, which did or did not
    include 4 crucial paragraphs on the third page, which
    significantly change the theme of the story. A complete
    explanation can be found here:

    I got your name from Andrew Burt, who says you were involved at
    Pulphouse Publishing in the publication of _God’s_Nose_, which
    contains the story, without the extra paragraphs. Do you
    remember having to choose among multiple manuscripts and/or why
    you went with that one?

    Gary Lynch bookworm@execpc.com

    • dwsmith

      Gary, that was Damon’s choice completely. And yes, I was the publisher at Pulphouse Publishing Inc. With that book from Damon, we took the author’s manuscript that they gave us and didn’t change a word, so any changes in any story were Damon’s changes completely. So he must have liked the story without those four paragraphs better. But that was all Damon.

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