Eric Nylund

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A picture of Eric Nylund, courtesy of his blog.
Nylund with fellow sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury.

Eric S. Nylund (born November 12, 1964) is an American novelist and professional technical writer who has contributed extensively to the Halo universe. He is noted in particular for his three Halo novels, beginning with Halo: The Fall of Reach, the first book in the series. Nylund started his writing career in 1995 and worked at Microsoft for 14 years, until his resignation in July 2013.[1] He worked as Director of Narrative Design for Amazon Game Studios until resigning in 2015.[2]


Eric Nylund was born in 1964, and spent his youth in California. He has a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a master's degree in Chemical Physics. In the 1990s, he was hired by Microsoft as a writer for the company's multimedia properties. He later moved on to serve as lead of Microsoft's Narrative Design team, tasked with world-building, developing character and story bibles, preparing materials for marketing, writing game manuals and scripts, consulting voice casting and directing voice actors, and coordinating with MS localization, legal, and geopolitical departments.[3] He has written novels, backstory and scripts for several games, including Halo, Crimson Skies and Gears of War. Crimson Skies was written along with fellow Halo writer Eric S. Trautmann. In July 2013, he resigned his post as Microsoft's Director of Narrative Design, moving on to fill a similar role at the newly-established Amazon Game Studios.[3] He resigned from Amazon in July 2015 in order to spend more time with his family, write more novels, and work on smaller-scale side projects.[2]

Nylund is married to another sci-fi writer, Syne Mitchell. One of his personal heroes is Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury. He was able to meet Bradbury at the San Diego Comic Con in 2007.[4]

Involvement in the Halo franchise[edit]

Eric Nylund is the author of three books Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, the co-author of the graphic novel Halo Wars: Genesis,[5] author of the short story The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole in the book Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe and helped write Catherine Halsey's journal and classified documents included in the Limited and Legendary editions of Halo: Reach.[6]

As of June 2016, Nylund has no plans of writing another Halo novel.[7]

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