Steve Alten (1959 – ) is a best-selling author of young adult science fiction novels and a father of five.
In addition to writing novels, he began a non-profit organization called “Adopt-An-Author” to help students get excited about reading and writing stories. According to his website at www.stevealten.com, teachers are offered free posters, curriculum materials, and even the possibility of direct classroom contact with the author.
Many of Steve Alten’s books are science fiction and his most popular is Meg, which became a major feature film, theatrically released in 2018. It was directed by Jon Turteltaub and starred Jason Statham. Read about it in a UDaily 2018 article here: https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2018/august/meg-movie-sharks-steve-alten.
Interestingly, Steve Alten supports his readers who serve in the US Armed Forces. Read about his efforts here: https://www.stevealten.com/military-fan-tribute.
According to the author’s website, “Steve says his best novel is Grim Reaper: End of Days The story, a modern-day Dante’s Inferno, takes place in New York when a man-made plague strikes Manhattan.” The book was published by Variance Publishing. Read a Publishers Weekly review of it here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-935142-16-4. It is about a pandemic that strikes New York.
Read more about Alten here: stevealten.com. According to his website, readers can contact the author here: Meg82159@aol.com. Fans can also sign up to receive his newsletter here: https://www.stevealten.com/newsletter.
University of Delaware in Newark
Alten attended the University of Delaware for a sports medicine master’s degree before becoming an author, adding a contemporary flavor to our Delaware Author Adventures Trail. (You can take a self-guided campus tour on Sundays.) Enrollment at the University of Delaware is more than 24,000 students. It is located in Newark, which has a population of approximately 34,000.
The author later received a doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The University of Delaware is the first stop on our Delaware Author Adventures Trail.