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his associates that
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...William Robert Stanek... (born January 3, 1966) is an American author best
known for his international best-selling how-to books and his work as a
columinst for PC Magazine and Dr. Dobbs Journal.
Stanek is the author of more than 100 books. His books have been successful, and have been featured on bestseller lists. He served in the United
States Air Force from 1985 to 1991, and is the recipient of the United States
highest flying honor the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In addition to his non-fiction work, he is the author of many popular works of
fiction, including The Kingdoms and the Elves of the
Reaches books and the sequel series In the Service
of Dragons, which are set in his fantasy world of
Ruin Mist. King's Mate is a game Robert created
for the books.
Robert Stanek was born on January 3, 1966 in Burlington, Wisconsin. His
father was an entrepreneur who immigrated to America from Budapest, Hungary. His
mother is the granddaughter of French and Norwegian immigrants.
He became interested in writing as a child and was creating stories virtually
from the time he was able to read and write. He started work as a journalist and
editor – with a school newspaper – at the age of nine!
He joined the United States Air Force in 1985 and server in the Persian Gulf War
from 1990-1991. He earned many medals for his wartime service, including the
United States of America's highest-flying honor, the Air Force Distinguished
At age thirty-one, he decided to devote most of his time to full-length works of
fact and fiction. Since then has written more than fifty books, many of them
international best sellers, and his work has been published in more than fifty
countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan, Korea, Canada, France,
Australia, Germany, India, Spain, Italy, Turkey and various Latin American
Today he works as a full-time author with an interest in, among other things,
technology, computers, and the outdoors! He has broadcast and lectured about his
work throughout the United States.
Robert Stanek was the fourth child of five and the only boy. He spent his
early years in Racine, Wisconsin. As a child, he attended Janes School
Elementary, a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse. The same school his grandfather
As a child, he loved reading. In an interview form Robert Stanek: Candid
Conversations (2003), he states he was fascinated with the Ripley's Believe It
Or Not books and Guinness Book of World Records. He read classics like Treasure
Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, and The Three
Musketeers. When he got absolutely hooked on Jules Verne, he read Around the
World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, and Journey to the
Center of the Earth. He through a Sherlock Holmes phase and read every Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle book and then discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs's
The Martian Tales got him hooked on the genre and he went on to read Ray
Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and liked it so much he read The Illustrated
Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451.
Later in his childhood, he started reading Herman Melville, Jack London, Charles
Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Of that he says, "Edgar Allan Poe can be pretty
bleak and dark, especially when you're ten years old. But I remember being
fascinated with his stories. To this day, I can still remember parts of The
Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Quote from
Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003).
Robert Stanek wrote his first novel in 1986 when he was stationed in Japan.
He spent a large part of the next twenty years perfecting the story and
developing a history of the world he called Ruin Mist. His first Ruin Mist novel
was Keeper Martin's Tale, which was simultaneously released in adult and
children's editions. He designed the original covers for the Ruin Mist books.
Robert Stanek entered the United States Air Force in 1985 and worked as a
cryptologic linguist. His military training includes more than 3 years of
language training. His linguistic background extends to Russian, Spanish,
Korean, Japanese, and German, though in interviews he professes that much of his
language skills have "dulled and rusted" since he hasn't used them. His strong
background in multiple languages helped him develop the world of Ruin Mist. The
names of people and places in this world are very distinct according to
historical origins, and have roots in the romance and eastern languages he has
The languages of the peoples of Ruin Mist have roots in slavic, native American
indian, and far eastern languages.
...Adult Fiction Series...
''Ruin Mist Chronicles''
1. Keeper Martin's Tale (2002)
2. Elf Queen's Quest (2002)
3. Kingdom Alliance (2003)
4. Fields of Honor (2004)
5. Mark of the Dragon (2005)
...Young Adult Fiction Series...
''Keeper Martin's Tales''
1. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #1 (2002)
2. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #2 (2002)
3. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #3 (2002)
4. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #4 (2003)
5. In the Service of Dragons #1 (2004)
6. In the Service of Dragons #2 (2005)
7. In the Service of Dragons #3 (2005)
8. In the Service of Dragons #4 (2005)
Journey Beyond the Beyond (2002)
Into the Beyond (2005, international edition)
Into the Stone Land (2006)
''Ruin Mist Tales''
1. The Elf Queen & The King (2002)
2. The Elf Queen & The King #2 (2002)
3. The Elf Queen & The King III (2006)
4. The Elf Queen & The King IV (2007)
At Dream's End (1996)
Sovereign Rule (2003)
The Pieces of the Puzzle (2006)
Magic Lands & Other Stories (2002)
Ruin Mist Heroes, Legends & Beyond (2002)
August Rains (????)
Silence is Golden (????)
Books About William Robert Stanek
Magic of Ruin Mist (2003)
Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003)
Teacher's Classroom Guide to Ruin Mist (2003)
Student's Classroom Guide to The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches (2004)
Teacher's Classroom Guide to Magic Lands (2005)
Student's Classroom Guide to Magic Lands (2005)
Electronic Publishing Unleashed (1995)
FrontPage Unleashed (1996)
Peter Norton's Guide to Java Programming (1996)
Web Publishing Unleashed (1996)
FrontPage 97 Unleashed (1997)
Increase Your Web Traffic in a Weekend (1997)
Learn the Internet in a Weekend (1997)
Netscape One Developer's Guide (1997)
Web Publishing Unleashed Professional Reference Edition (1997)
FrontPage 98 Unleashed (1998)
Increase Your Web Traffic in a Weekend 2nd Edition (1998)
All-in-One Java 2 Certification Guide (1999)
FrontPage 2000 Unleashed (1999)
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (1999)
Netscape Mozilla Source Guide (1999)
SQL Server 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (1999)
Windows NT Scripting Administrator's Guide (1999)
Increase Your Web Traffic 3rd Edition (2000)
Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)
SQL Server 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)
Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)
Windows 2000 Scripting Bible (2000)
All-In-One Java 2 Certification Guide 3rd Edition (2001)
FrontPage 2002 Unleashed (2001)
Windows 2000 and IIS 5.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2001)
Windows XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2001)
XML Pocket Consultant (2001)
Effective Writing for Business College & Life (2002)
Essential Windows XP Commands Reference (2002)
Essential Windows 2000 Commands Reference (2002)
Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition (2002)
Windows .NET Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2003)
IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition (2003)
Faster Smarter FrontPage 2003 (2003)
Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2003)
Robert Stanek was a tech columnist from 1995-1997.
Dr. Dobbs Journal.
The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches
In the Service of Dragons
Ruin Mist Chronicles
Magic of Ruin Mist (2003)
Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elves and Fairies
The Official Robert Stanek web site
The Official Magic Lands web site
The Official Ruin Mist web site
Reagent Press Robert Stanek's publisher
Robert Stanek fan directory