Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including "The Crippled God", "Dust of Dreams", "Toll the Hounds" and "Reaper s Gale", have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, "Gardens of the Moon", was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, "Deadhouse Gates", was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.