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Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate at Temple University. After losing his job he decided to pen a novel about Carcharodon megalodon, the 70-foot prehistoric great white shark. MEG (Bantam/Doubleday) would become the book of the 1996 Frankfurt book fair, where it eventually sold to more than twenty countries and became a popular radio series in Japan. Domestically, MEG hit every major best-seller list, including #19 on the New York Times list (#7 audio).
Steve followed up Meg with book 2 in the MEG series, The Trench (Kensington/Pinnacle) which also hit best-seller status. His next novel, Domain and its sequel, Resurrection (St. Martins Press) are part of a trilogy about the Mayan Calendar's doomsday prophecy that predicts humanity ends on 12/21/12. Alten's fourth novel, Goliath, features a futuristic nuclear sub that is hijacked by victims of oppression, in an attempt to quell world violence...the captors unaware that the sub's bio-chemical computer has become cognizant of itself. On the heels of the release of Alten's third Meg novel, Primal Waters, Steve optioned MEG , which is still in pre-production. The Loch (Tsunami Books) came next, and is about a marine biologist who is forced to hunt down the legendary Loch Ness Monster, featuring breaking new science that finally identifies the species. Alten's current bestseller, The Shell Game (Sweetwater Press), deals with deception, the end of oil, the evolving chess game in the Middle East, and the path that leads to WWIII. The book is expected to be released in late 2006.
Alten has a huge teen following. When he learned high school teachers were actually using his novels in the classroom, Steve launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. Teachers who register for the free program receive posters, free curriculum materials, student-author correspondence, an interactive website, and classroom conference calls/visits with the author. The program has been called, the most successful reading program in secondary schools today.
Variance is proud to have landed such an amazing author and are looking forward to releasing the novel Steve has called the Best of the MEG series, Hell's Aquarium.