Steve Perry born August 31, is an American television writer and science fiction author. Perry is a native of the Deep South. His residences have included Louisiana, California, Washington and Oregon.
Prior to working full-time as a freelance writer, he worked as a swimming instructor, lifeguard , assembler of toys, clerk in a hotel gift shop and car rental agency, aluminum salesman, martial art instructor, private detective, and nurse. His wife is Dianne Waller, a Port of Portland executive.
They have two children and five grandsons. Perry has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories, which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.
Perry is perhaps best known for the Matador series. He has written books in the Star Wars , Alien and Conan universes. Other writing credits include articles, reviews, and essays, animated teleplays, and some unproduced movie scripts. The Matador series chronicles the birth, evolution, victory, and aftermath of a rebellion which overthrows a corrupt and declining interstellar government "The Confederation" based on Earth. The Matador series features a fictional martial art known as "Sumito" or "The 97 Steps".
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Many of the non-English words and place names are actually in the Esperanto language. The rebellion proper begins in The Man Who Never Missed , in which Emile Khadaji deserts from the Confederation military after a particularly bloody battle and religious experience, eventually joining up with a bartending martial artist monk named Pen, who teaches Khadaji the art used by his order, Sumito "The 97 steps" , before setting him on his own path. Khadaji learns economics and politics and military science and eventually decides he has to overthrow the Confederation. This he does by setting up a bar on a planet named Greaves, and while luring soldiers in by day, hunts and paralyzes them by night.
Over many months, he paralyzes 2, of the 10, troops on the planet, only missing with a handful of shots, which he carefully conceals. Eventually, as the first paralyzed soldier awakens, he attacks the commander, is trapped in his bar, and apparently killed. Afterwards, the Confederation military realize that he apparently knocked out almost 2, soldiers without missing a single time, a record which becomes a legend, striking fear into the Confederation military ranks.
Kamus first appeared in two short stories by J. One of the stories is mentioned here. The one-man resistance to the Confed on Greaves. Known as "The Man Who Never Missed," he only let himself be taken when he'd done what he'd set out to do.
With his death, Khadaji became the inspiration and idol of students of martial arts everhwere. Matador Villa A rigorous program of political tactics and psychological warfare, physical discipline and martial force. A mysterious school on the planet Renault Dirisha Zuri A ronin , whose expertise in body control and knowledge of the fighting arts drew the attention of Matador Villa.
The school wanted her talents The Matadora. Khadaji started it. He had a vision on a bloody battlefield, a vision of the fall of the brutal Galactic Confederation, and of the new order that would come after. He made himself a legend, and that legend inspired a rebellion that swept across the stars.
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The Matadors continued it. In Khadaji's name, they learned, at Matador Villa, skills of body and mind that made them the most valuable — and feared — fighters in the universe.
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Marcus Wall tried to stop it. He used his immense wealth and corrupt power to close down the Villa, to outlaw the Matadors, to have their leader thrown into a Confed prison. Now it is about to end. The Matadors are coming out of hiding. They will move against the Confed. They will destroy Marcus Wall. They will do what has to be done to make Khadaji's dream a reality No matter what the cost.
The incredible journey of the Matadora. Now the final battle of The Machiavelli Interface. PEN was trained by the master warriors, the Siblings of the Shroud, learning the lethal skills that would someday forge a legend Alas, the story became a magazine-killer -- Pulphouse , despite far and away being the best magazine in the field, came upon hard times and passed on. Cash-flow problems, and it took Dean years to make good the debuts, but he finally did.
So Reaves and I would amuse ourselves by taking the ms to science fiction conventions and reading sections of it aloud. Once, we alternated pages at an Orycon, and as you might imagine from the title, the tone of this tale is such that much merriment, and perhaps even a little pants-wetting amongst the audience came to pass as we did it.
At that con, Don Alquist heard us, and determined that he wanted to publish the beast, which after engaging an artist -- Daniel Conan Young -- who managed to match our tone dead-on with his illustrations, he did. Publish it. They cost more. All of these are collectors' items today. If you can find somebody willing to part with one, it will be a spendy proposition, lemme tell you. It's so rare it's not even on ebay. I once posted an example of the timeless prose contained between these covers, and I'll repost that here, to give you the flavor:.
Our Hero is beset by tavern slackwits, who speak to a certain fecal odor about Thong in his ratty direwolf skin cloak while his assistant, Sandol, is off giving an offering to the Goddess. There, that ought to do it. Despite his puzzlement, however, he too pulled his blade free. Now Thong did sigh. By the time Sandol returned from his visit to the nightchamber, Thong was wiping the last of the blood from Asschopper upon Gap-tooth's cloak I mention this only because it occurred to me that this would make a great title for the Kindle or Nook.
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The Musashi Flex The creation of the Steps The Matadors are Back A classic medical thriller. A major new fantasy novel, with Michael Reaves. Have a look Early appearance of characters from the Matadors. Rated NC, for sex. La Musica! Now playing: Steve Perry.