Nebraska Authors

Robert Reed

Born 1956 Omaha, NE (USA)

Nebraska's best known and most prolific writer of Science Fiction, Robert Reed uses the pseudonym Robert Touzalin. In an Omaha World-Herald article (8/17/97), Reed said that "I am not a typical science-fiction writer... There are many subgenres. There is hard science fiction. I've been called that. That's science fiction where you use physics and such. There's soft science fiction - that's more biology and sociology. There is literary science fiction - a small subgenre - and I guess that's where I would put me." Earlier in his career he described his occupation as "writing like a maniac."

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Dallas, TX

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Science Fiction


Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, 1978, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Undergraduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Science Fiction Author
Factory Worker

Places Worked

Mapes Industries, Lincoln, NE (1978-1987)


L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award Writers of the Future, 1986, for the story Mudpuppies
Won 1996 ASIMOV'S Readers Poll for short story Decency
Included in Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction, 1996
Beyond the Veil of Stars was a New York Times Notable Book
Finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Awards
Imaginaire Award for French translation of Down the Bright Way
Seiun Award for Japanese translation of Down the Bright Way
Received his sixth and seventh Hugo nominations for the short story Eight Episodes, and the novella A Billion Eves in 2007
Won the Hugo Award for A Billion Eves in September, 2007

John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 18 March 1993, 18 November 1999 and 16 February 2006
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Beyond the Veil of Stars, 2017

Numerous awards and nominations, 2007 Hugo Award for A Billion Eves. At last count he had 5 Hugo nominations and 1 Nebula nomination.


The Leeshore. 1987.
The Hormone Jungle. 1988.
Black Milk. 1989.
Down the Bright Way. 1991.
The Remarkables. 1992.
Beyond the Veil of Stars. 1994.
An Exhaltation of Larks. 1995.
Beyond the Veil of Stars. 1996
Beneath the Gated Sky. 1997. (Sequel to Beyond the Veil of Stars)
Marrow. 2000.
Sister Alice. 2003.
The Well of Stars. 2004.

Short Story Collections:
Dragons of Springplace. 1999.
Chrysalide. 2002. (French translation of 9 stories)
The Cuckoo's Boys. 2005. (short story collection)

Over 140 shorter works, short stories, novellas. These include:
The Utility Man. 1990. (short story nominated for Hugo Award)
Chrysalis (novella nominated for Nebula Award, 1996)
Hexagons (novellete nominated for Hugo Award, 2003)
Dead Man's Run. published in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy. (2011 EDITION)
Eater of Bone. 2012.
The Great Ship. 2013.
The Memory of Sky. 2014.
(Partial List of Works)

Robert Reed has been the featured author in 3 Ames Reading Series programs:

March 1993:

November 1999:

February 2006:

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