Steve Miller, 1950-2024, image via his Facebook page

Steve Miller, the co-author of the popular Liaden series of books, died suddenly at his home in Waterville, Maine. His wife and collaborator, Sharon Lee announced his death on Facebook:

“I’m not really sure how to say this: Steve has died.

He went downstairs to take a walk at about 4:30. At about 5:30, I thought he’d been awhile and went downstairs to see what was going on.

He was on the floor, unconscious, and not breathing. I called 911, and did CPR until the ambulance and EMTs arrived. They did everything they could, but his heart just wouldn’t beat on its own.”

Steve Miller was born July 31, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland. He died February 20, 2024 in Waterville, Maine. He was seventy-three years old.

His many awards include the Romantic Times Book Club Reviewers Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Prism Award for Scout’s Progress, the Hal Clement Award for Balance of Trade. In 2012 he was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, or Skylark, which recognizes someone for lifetime contributions to Science Fiction.

From 1995 to 2012, Miller ran a small press, SRM Publishers, Ltd., which was principally dedicated to publishing chapbooks with short stories he and his wife had written. Most of these have been re-released by Baen Books as e-books.

Miller attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the 1970s. He served as editor of the college newspaper, The Retriever. He was founding president of the Infinity Circle, UMBC’s first science fiction club. He honed his craft at the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Miller was married twice, to Sue Nice, from 1975 to 1979, and to Sharon Lee (nee Backof) from 1980 to 2024. Our comfort and condolences to Mrs. Miller.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’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.