I had the good fortune to attend a writer's workshop with Mr Brust and Mr Gaiman. I found Mr Brust to be utterly delightrful and entirely engaging. His advice was helpful, interesting and slightly tongue-in-cheek. I don't think anyone else could have been so studiously helpful while remaining light-hearted. If I ever have the courage to publish, Mr Brust will be the first person I will thank.
From his Wikipedia entry, April 24th 2008,
Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent. He was a member of the writers' group The Scribblies, which included Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Will Shetterly, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, and Patricia Wrede, and also belongs to the Pre-Joycean Fellowship. He is best known for his novels about the assassin Vlad Taltos. His novels have been translated into German, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Czech, French, Spanish and Hebrew, as of 2006. Agyar has two different French translations. Most of his short stories are set in shared universes. These include Emma Bull's and Will Shetterley's Liavek, Robert Asprin's Thieves' World, Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Terri Windling's Borderland Series. On December 12, 2007, Teresa Nielsen Hayden announced that Brust has "a recurrent and hard-to-treat infection" in "the bone behind one of his eyes"*
*There is no update at this time to this infection.
From http://www.dreamcafe, last updated in 2005, the Author's words:
I'm the author of nineteen novels and one solo record. I'm an enthusiastic amateur drummer, guitarist, banjo player, and poker player. I'm being published by Tor Books, and most the information about the books can be found on the Dragaera page that some neat people have put together. I have, as I mentioned above, one solo record, "A Rose For Iconoclastes". I have written some of the songs for the Worldbeat band Boiled In Lead, including, particularly, Songs From The Gypsy, which is the recording of a cycle of songs I wrote with BiL guitarist Adam Stemple, which cycle turned into a novel I wrote with Megan Lindholm, one of my favorite writers. Speaking of favorite writers, I have the honor to be in a writer's group with Emma Bull, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean, and Will Shetterly. There's been some speculation on the Internet about my politics. Without going into great detail, I'll say that I am a Trotskyist sympathizer, and for more information check out The World Socialist Web Site. Enough said. There's also been some speculation about the Pre-Joycean Fellowship. The best explanation I can make is that we exist to poke fun at the excesses of modern literature while simultaneously mining it for everything of value. Does that help? I didn't think so. "Dream Cafe" is a reference to the title song of a record by Greg Brown, who, along with Dave Van Ronk, is among my favorite songwriter/performers. Check them out if you haven't. If there are questions about the books, I probably won't answer them because I enjoy hearing the speculations. But you never know; there might be something I want to talk about here, like the Cool Stuff Theory of Literature, or something. So ask. I'm at email@example.com. ________________________________
... Some of Steve's own songs range from "Latex Man" to "Neil Gaiman Pastiche #27." "I Was Born About Ten Million Songs Ago" was selected for Doctor Demento's "Best of the Year" compilation in 1993. Various songs have been published on Steve's weblog and not recorded. He has also written songs for world beat band Boiled in Lead.
At science fiction conventions, Steve tends to jam, have musical room parties, and do concerts. Even people who avoid "filk" tend to enjoy Steve's musical interludes.
The CD contains outstanding backup performances by artists including Gary Schulte, Todd Menton, "Dakota" Dave Hull, Adam Stemple, and Lojo Russo.
He also drummed for a lovely troupe of belly dancers at the Minnesota Renaissance Faire for about fifteen years.