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Tobias S. Buckell (born 1979) is the author of the Halo novels, The Cole Protocol and Envoy. He also worked on the Halo Encyclopedia, and wrote Dirt, one of the short-stories in Halo: Evolutions, and Oasis, one of the short-stories in Halo: Fractures.
Buckell was born in 1979 in Grenada, and has lived in both the British and US Virgin Islands.
He exploded onto the science fiction scene with Crystal Rain, (Tor 2006) a debut that combined a unique mix of Caribbean culture, where Buckell was born and raised, and hard SF adventure elements. Buckell’s unique and groundbreaking work won him acclaim from his peers and the literary community, who called him “a dazzling new voice.” His second novel, Ragamuffin, (Tor 2007) was a 2007 Nebula Award nominee for Best Novel; a 2008 Prometheus Award finalist for Best Novel; and a Locus “Best of 2007.” He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and was a first-place winner for the Writers of the Future, as well as having been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Buckell’s blend of hard science fiction with character-based action adventure and forays into classic SF pulp won the admiration of both Tor Books and Microsoft. Buckell is also a big Halo fan who has played every incarnation of the game. He currently resides in Ohio.