K. W. Jeter is a New York Times-bestselling author and is widely credited with coining the term Steampunk in a 1987 letter to Locus magazine. His books Morlock Night and Infernal Devices are two of the earliest novels in the genre.

In addition, he has written many other science fiction and thriller novels, including Dr. Adder, Farewell Horizontal, In the Land of the Dead, Noir, Kingdom of Shadows, and recently the Kim Oh thriller series. He also has written books for the Blade Runner, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien Nation franchises. Fiendish Schemes, his long-awaited sequel to Infernal Devices (Tor Books), is now available.

Born in Artesia, California, in 1950, K. W. Jeter holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University Fullerton, a master’s degree in English from the writing program at San Francisco State University, and is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA).

In addition to his writing career, K. W. has worked in various arenas: creative writing instructor for Portland State University (Oregon), corporate communications specialist, researcher for the University of California Medical Center on AIDS-related bereavement issues, and in high-end jewelry retail. He considers all of this primary research.

Over the years, K. W. and his wife Geri have lived in West Hollywood, San Francisco, Portland, Las Vegas, and Bath, England. They currently make their home in Cuenca, Ecuador.