Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans."
Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including To Reign in Hell
, a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars
, a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille
. The most recent "Taltos" novels are Dragon
. In 1991, with The Phoenix Guards
, Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are Five Hundred Years After
and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black,
and Sethra Lavode
.While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, A Rose for Iconoclastes. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics.