Australian author, editor, poet, and publisher Robert N. Stephenson has taken his own life.

Robert N. Stephenson, science fiction fan and author {image via his website}

Stephenson was a poet, a horror writer, and a science fiction writer. In addition to editing and publishing SFFH anthologies, he was known for encouraging and mentoring other writers. He was submissions editor for The Blend International Journal.

Stephenson suffered from a seratonin deficiency and succumbed to suicide after a long, hard battle with depression and bipolar disorder. He died August 14, 2019. He was born September 17, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia. He lived in Blackwood, South Australia.

Eighteen of his fantasy and science fiction stories can be found in the anthology, We Would Be Heroes. He also edited The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (volumes 1 – 3). His novels include Vanishing Light and Do You Want To Live Forever. He wrote the writing guide, The Writing Soldier and the poetry collection Garments of Rainbows. Many of his stories won awards.

September 10, 2019 will be World Suicide Prevention Day. If you are someone you know is considering suicide, help is available to help you find other options. Follow this link for help available in a variety of countries.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.

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