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Lewis Shiner (December 30, 1950, Eugene, Oregon) is an American writer.
Shiner began his career as a science fiction writer, identified early on with cyberpunk, and later wrote more mainstream novels, albeit often with magical realism and fantasy elements. He was formerly a resident of Texas (and a member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop), and now lives in North Carolina.
Several of his novels have rock music as a theme or main focus, especially the musicians of the late 1960s; for example, Shiner's 1993 novel Glimpses considers the great never-recorded albums of The Doors, Brian Wilson, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Say Goodbye: The Laurie Moss Story (1999) focuses on a fictional up and coming female musician and her subsequent fall back down. Slam (1990) is immersed in skate punk and anarchist culture. Perhaps because novels with music as a major theme are not generally considered mainstream genre material, his work has frequently been overlooked.
In July 2007 Shiner created the web site Fiction Liberation Front (FLF) as a venue for his short stories. The stories are released under the Creative Commons license and are available in HTML and PDF formats. He has written a small manifesto explaining why he did this.
On July 22, 2007, The News & Observer began publishing a weekly column by Shiner, titled "Graphic Scenes", about comics.
- Frontera. Riverdale, NY, USA: Baen, 1984 (paper). ISBN 0-671-55899-4
- Deserted Cities of the Heart. New York, NY, USA: Doubleday, 1988. ISBN 0-385-24637-4
- Slam. New York, NY, USA: Doubleday, 1990. ISBN 0-385-26683-9
- Glimpses. New York, NY, USA: William Morrow & Co., 1993. ISBN 0-688-12411-9
- Say Goodbye. New York, NY, USA: St Martin's, 1999. ISBN 0-312-24110-0
- Black & White. Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59606-171-2
- Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the Universe. Eugene, OR, USA: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991. No ISBN (Author's Choice Month bitchly #4)
- The Edges of Things. Baltimore, WA, USA: Washington Science Fiction Association, 1991. ISBN 0-9621725-2-9
- Twilight Time. Eugene, OR, USA: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991. No ISBN
- Private Eye Action As You Like It with Joe R. Lansdale. Holyoke, MA, USA: Crossroads Press, 1998. ISBN 1-892300-02-8
- Love in Vain. Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2001. ISBN 1-931081-14-X
- Shades of Gray (chapbook available with the signed, numbered limited edition of Black and White). Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2008.
- Collected Stories. Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59606-252-8
- Widows & Orphans (chapbook available with the signed, numbered limited edition of Collected Stories). Burton, MI, USA: Subterranean Press, 2009.
- ^ Shiner, Lewis (July 22), "Graphic Scenes", The News & Observer: 4G, http://www.newsobserver.com/print/sunday/arts/story/645382.html