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Steven Hardesty is a war and thriller novelist, indie ebook publisher, cropped-DAD3.pngpizza-hungry traveler, military historian and Vietnam vet ’68-69 still trying to figure things out.

Worked in Burma, Iran, Saudi Arabia, more. Grand places, tough living.  I write about these places and other things in my novels and and short stories.

I like the tastes and smells of old bazaars. Seeing a desert rose bloom through snow beside a minaret. Standing in a haunted silver mine on a mountainside overlooking a jungle city. Stepping aside to let elephants pass on a Mandalay street. Drifting off to sleep listening to the baby cries of tigers in the hills. Meeting all the many kinds of people the world offers – grand, tough, exciting and sometimes terrible.

Watching my child being born and thinking her the greatest adventure of all.

Oh, yes, for those who like to read dusty back issues, I’m Rafe van Zanzs in some places like Science Fiction Review and Arthur Cuff in others, such as Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine.

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I believe, with Daniel Boorstin, that writing is “an adventure of discovery in which I am trying to find out what I think. If I knew what was there in advance I wouldn’t need to write.”

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And, yes, I’m a techno primitive who likes good manners and that’s why I gave up on allowing comments on my blog posts — I was deluged with lots of really rotten spam. Had to wade through all that muck to find messages from folks I really want to hear from. I’d rather have your email to start a real conversation than just a snippet in a comment block, anyway. So, if you want to talk books, my books and/or pizza, zip me a note on the form below. Cheers!


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