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Authors: Douglas Niles


Douglas Niles (Born Dec 01, 1954, in Milwaukee, WI, USA) has written nearly 40 novels, and is best known as an author of adventure fantasy. He has written extensively for the shared worlds of Wizards of the Coast (formerly TSR Inc.) and in fact has written more fiction for Dragonlance than any author except series creators, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Niles is also the author of the very first Forgotten Realms novel (Darkwalker on Moonshae, reprinted in 2004) and in all contributed nine novels to the FR line. As a TSR staff game designer during the 1980s, he was involved in the early planning for the Dragonlance project, and has created both games and novels for DL during the next 20+ years.

In addition to his Dragonlance work, Niles has written three major WW2 alternate history novels, MacArthur's War, Fox on the Rhine, and Fox at the Front (all co-authored with Michael Dobson). Released in hardcover by Forge, a division of TOR, Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur's War were both a main selection of the Military Book Club and a Featured selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. They have subsequently been released in paperback. He is currently at work, with Dobson, on another alt-history thriller.

Niles is the author of a science fiction novel based on HG Wells' seminal work: War of the Worlds: New Millennium, published by Tor in 2005, and is working on the Starstrike science fiction series with co-author Kevin Dockery. In addition, he has created two dramatic and unique fantasy worlds in books published by Ace Fantasy. The Watershed Trilogy (A Breach in the Watershed; Darkenheight; The War of Three Waters) and the Seven Circles Trilogy (Circle at Center, Worldfall, and The Goddess Worldweaver.)

He has designed dozens of games for TSR Inc and SPI, including award-winning military simulation games based on Tom Clancy's novels The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. He has developed miniatures rules for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons ® game, and created numerous historical military board games. One of these simulations, combining his massive games European Theatre of Operations and Pacific Theatre of Operations, is the focus of a continuing group of enthusiastic players and has a website devoted to those fans and that gaming system.

A lifelong cheesehead and Green Bay Packer fan, Niles is a former teacher who left that profession only because he had a chance to make a living while playing at his twin hobbies of writing and gaming. He now lives in the countryside of Wisconsin with his wife (his two children having grown up and moved out) as well as 2 large Bouvier dogs. When he is not writing he enjoys hiking, bicycling, playing the guitar, and enjoying the company of his friends and family.

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