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John Helfers is an author and editor. During his 16 years working for Martin H. Greenberg at Tekno Books, he co-edited more than 20 short-story anthologies. He worked with many well-known authors and co-editors, including Lawrence Block, Larry Bond, Dale Brown, Nelson DeMille, Charlaine Harris, John Jakes, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis, Kevin J. Anderson, Ice-T, and Max Allan Collins. He has also edited more than 40 complete novels by such authors as Doug Allyn, Brendan DuBois, James Patrick Hunt, and Jean Rabe.
He has also published more than 40 short stories in anthologies such as If I Were An Evil Overlord, Time Twisters, and Places to Be, People to Kill. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. His essays on the military have appeared in Beyond Shock and Awe, and in the How to Lose a War series, including recent volumes on the Civil War and World War II. His most recent nonfiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion (coedited with Lillian Stewart Carl), a guide to the science fictional world of Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origin Award for Best Game- Related Product.
In 2011, he left Tekno Books to become a full time freelance writer and editor. Currently he’s working on several tie-in and original projects in both the adult and YA genre.
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