Steven H Silver

Steven H Silver (born April 19, 1967)[1] is an American science fiction fan and bibliographer, publisher, author, and editor. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer twelve times and Best Fanzine five times without winning.[2]

Steven H Silver
Silver in 2008
Silver in 2008
Born (1967-04-19) April 19, 1967 (age 54)
Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy

The "H" is his middle name and not an initial.

Editor, publisher, and writerEdit

Silver was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is a longtime contributing editor to SF Site and wrote that site's news page from its inception in 2002 until it closed in 2014.


In 2003, he co-edited three anthologies with Martin H. Greenberg, Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings, which reprinted the first published stories of authors in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. From 2004 through 2012 he was the publisher and editor of ISFiC Press.[3] He co-edited the alternate history anthology Alternate Peace in 2019 with Joshua Palmatier.[4]

Short fictionEdit

Silver published his first short story, "Les Lettres de Paston", in the final issue of Helix SF.[5] Silver had earlier written a column on alternate history for the magazine. He has continued to publish short stories since, as well as some poetry.


In 2009 and 2010, he edited the two volume Selected Stories of Lester del Rey for NESFA Press. The first volume is entitled War and Space and appeared in August, 2009.[6] The second volume, Robots and Magic was published in February 2010.[7]


Silver's first novel, After Hastings, an alternate history in which Harold Godwinson prevented the Norman conquest of Britain by defeating William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, was published by Ring of Fire Press in July of 2020.[8][9]


Sidewise and Nebula AwardsEdit

In 1995, he founded the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and has served as a judge ever since.[10] He was on the short story jury for the Nebula Award in 2002,[11] and on the novel jury for the Nebula Award in 2003,[12] 2006,[13] and chaired the novel jury in 2008.[14] In 2005, Silver was one of the co-ordinators of the Nebula weekend in Chicago.[15] In 2008, he was appointed SFWA Event Coordinator and has helped run the Nebula Award Weekends in that capacity since 2009.[16]


Silver is known as an on-line reviewer and has written several articles for science fiction fanzines, as well as publishing his own annual fanzine Argentus, which was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 2008, 2009, and 2010,[2] and won the Chronic Rift Roundtable Award for Best Fanzine in 2009[17] and the monthly APA-zine Plata. He has guest edited three issues of Journey Planet.


In addition to his writing and editing activities, Silver is involved in running science fiction conventions. He has chaired Windycon three times,[18] founded Midfan and chaired the first Midwest Construction, and ran programming for Chicon 2000,[19] the Worldcon. From 1998 through 2006 and again from 2008, he sat on the board of directors for ISFiC. He served as a vice chair for Chicon 7 in 2012.

Personal backgroundEdit

In 2000, Silver appeared on Jeopardy![20] winning two days and coming in second on his third day. He won $15,000.[21]



  • After Hastings (June 2020), ISBN 978-1948818940

Short fictionEdit

  • Les Lettres de Paston (2008), original publish in Helix SF magazine, but has been republished on SF Site[5]
  • Bats in Thebayou (2009), published in the anthology Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, ISBN 978-0-7564-0582-3
  • Boleslaw Szymanski Gets the Ogden Slip (2010)
  • In the Night (2010), published in the anthology Love & Rockets, ISBN 978-0-7564-0650-9
  • The Destiny of Einar the Brave (2011)
  • In the Shadows of Broadway (2012), featured on the StarShipSofa podcast #236[22]
  • The Cremator's Tale (2013), published in Black Gate magazine[23]
  • Hunger on Ceos (2015)
  • Village Square (2015)
  • Well of Tranquility (2016), published in the anthology Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place, ISBN 978-1-944760-41-0
  • Big White Men—Attack! (2017), published in the anthology Little Green Men—Attack!, ISBN 978-1-4767-8213-3
  • Doing Business at Hodputt's Emporium (March 2018), published in Galaxy's Edge, Issue 31, ISBN 978-1-61242-404-0
  • A Letter Home (May 2020), published in Ray Bradbury Experience Museum Newsletter, Volume 2


  1. ^ Horton, Rich (April 19, 2018). "Birthday Reviews: Steven H Silvers "Doing Business at Hodputt's Emporium"". Black Gate Magazine.
  2. ^ a b Kelly, Mark R. (2009). "Hugo Nominees List". Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Silver Resigns from ISFiC Press". SF Site. November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Selby-Martin, Adam (August 30, 2019), Les Review - Alternate Peace; Steven H Silver & Joshua Palmatier (eds.), Zombies Need Brains, Sea Lion Press, retrieved November 13, 2020
  5. ^ a b Silver, Steven H (Fall 2008). "Les Lettres de Paston". Helix SF (10). Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "War and Space by Lester del Rey". NESFA Press. December 12, 2009. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  7. ^ "Magic and Robots by Lester del Rey". NESFA Press. December 12, 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  8. ^ "After Hastings". Ring of Fire Press. July 1, 2020. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  9. ^ "After Hastings - Ring of Fire Press (sample)". Baen Books.
  10. ^ "Sidewise: About the Awards". Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  11. ^ SFWA Forum, February 2003, p. 10
  12. ^ SFWA Forum, April 2003, p. 15
  13. ^ "SFWA Employees & Volunteers". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2006.
  14. ^ "About the Awards Committee and Nebula Juries". Nebula Awards. SFWA. 2009. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2009.
  15. ^ "2005 Nebula Awards Weekend Staff". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007.
  16. ^ Nebula Award Weekend 2012 Guide.
  17. ^ Hawkins, Kit (April 8, 2009). "The Chronic Rift's 2009 Roundtable Award Winners". SF Scope. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  18. ^ "ISFiC, Inc.: Windycons Past". Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  19. ^ "Chicon 7: The 70th World Science Fiction Convention". September 3, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  20. ^ "OT - Tech writer on Jeopardy". June 16, 2000. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  21. ^ Smath, Meg. "How I got on Jeopardy!". Smath-o-Rama (blog). Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  22. ^ Smith, Tony C. (May 1, 2012). "Will McIntosh". StarShipSofa (Podcast). No. 236.
  23. ^ Silver, Steven H (2013). "Black Gate Online Fiction: "The Cremator's Tale"". Black Gate.

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