Stephen Dedman is an Australian SF author. His works include four novels, several roleplaying supplements, and numerous short stories.

His novels are:

* ''The Art of Arrow Cutting'', an urban fantasy in which an itinerant photographer gets stuck with a magical MacGuffin and has to figure out how to use it before the BigBad kills him to get hold of it.
* ''Foreign Bodies'', a science fiction novel featuring GrandTheftMe.
* ''Shadows Bite'', a sequel to ''The Art of Arrow Cutting''.
* ''A Fistful of Data'', a TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} tie-in novel with a MagnificentSevenSamurai plot.

''Never Seen By Waking Eyes'' is a collection of his horror and dark fantasy short fiction. A planned companion volume containing his science fiction stories has not eventuated. An earlier collection, ''The Lady of Situations'', contains a mix of science fiction and horror, and one story that has not been printed anywhere else.
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!!Stephen Dedman's works provide examples of:

* AliceAllusion: In "Never Seen By Waking Eyes", a man meets a child vampire named Alice who knew Creator/LewisCarroll. (She makes a point of mentioning that he'd already written the Alice books when she met him.)
* AlternateHistory:
** "Amendment" is set in an alternate history where the right to bear firearms is differently understood.
** "From Whom All Blessings Flow" is about parallel-universe travellers discovering a history in which Christianity took a very different course.
* BrownNote: ''The Art of Arrow Cutting'' features a mujina (shapeshifting creature from Japanese mythology) whose true face is a blank gray void that causes humans who see it to become mindless vegetables.
* CultColony: In the short story "Founding Fathers", space colonies tend to be settled by groups of extremists of various kinds, because reasonable people don't tend to find anything attractive about undergoing the long, difficult, expensive journey and never seeing Earth again. The planet at the centre of the plot was settled by a bunch of people who were prepared to go to the trouble in order to live and raise their families on a world with no black people.
* {{Doppelganger}}: In "A Single Shadow".
* FantasticReligiousWeirdness:
** "Transit" features a group of Muslims from an off-world colony travelling to Earth on ''hajj''. The setting has regular interstellar travel, but places are strictly limited and considerably smaller than the waiting list; there's a lottery to allocate places, but it's implied that the results are not entirely impartial.
** "From Whom All Blessings Flow" has {{Alternate Histor|y}}ies arguing over which of them has the one true version of Christianity.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Several variations in different stories. In "Transit", an alien race has a monopoly on FTL, and only takes passengers that suit its rules. "Tourist Trade" likewise, but with a different alien race with different, and in some ways more disturbing, rules.
* FossilRevival: In "Founding Fathers", set on a newly-colonized planet, it's mentioned in passing that the animals the colonists brought with them as frozen embryos include not only the obvious things like cattle and deer but also mammoths and passenger pigeons.
* GrandTheftMe: Kicks off the plot of ''Foreign Bodies''.
* TheHecateSisters: The enigmatic BigGood in "A Sort of Walking Miracle". The protagonist isn't sure if she's three women, or the same woman at three different ages.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** In "Depth of Field", Creator/EdWood gets recruited to a task force dealing with UFO sightings.
** In "The Godfather Paradox", time travellers attempt to change history by blackmailing J. Edgar Hoover.
** Creator/SylviaPlath makes a cameo appearance in "A Sort of Walking Miracle", which takes its title from one of her poems.
* LightspeedLeapfrog: In "Founding Fathers", the first ship capable of FasterThanLightTravel shows up after the colony's been established for a few years, but it's still a shock and an upset to the colonists, who had actually embraced leaving everything-and-everyone behind because it meant they'd be left alone to do things the way they felt things ought to be done.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle:
** "As Wise As Serpents" is from Literature/TheBible.
** "From Whom All Blessings Flow", "For Those in Peril on the Sea", and "Upon the Midnight Clear" are from hymns.
** "The Dance That Everyone Must Do" and "The Wind Shall Blow For Ever Mair" are from folk songs.
** "Honest Ghosts" and "Nothing Like the Sun" are from Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
** "I've Got a Little List" is from ''TheMikado''.
** "But Smile No More" is from the last line of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "The Haunted Palace".
** "Never Seen By Waking Eyes" and its sequel "The Vision of a Vanished Good" are from poems by Creator/LewisCarroll, as is "A Sentiment Open to Doubt".
** "The Lady of Situations" and "Till Human Voices Wake Us" are from Creator/TSEliot's ''Literature/TheWasteLand'' and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" respectively.
** "A Sort of Walking Miracle" is from "Lady Lazarus" by Creator/SylviaPlath.
** "Desired Dragons" is from an essay by Creator/JRRTolkien.
** "They Shoot Mobsters, Don't They?" and ''[[Film/AFistfulOfDollars A Fistful of Data]]'' are misquoted movie titles. "The Ghoul Goes West" is an actual movie title (one of Creator/EdWood's).
* MagnificentSevenSamurai: ''A Fistful of Data'' has an assorted band of characters protecting a poor community from corporate raiders.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** ''Shadows Bite'' features a variety of vampires, from several Asian traditions as well as the classic European variety.
** In "Never Seen By Waking Eyes", vampires and several other legendary creatures are all inspired by the same thing, seen in different contexts and circumstances. For instance, it can also gain sustenance from vital fluids other than blood, and a vampire that makes a lifestyle of that is a succubus.
* UrbanFantasy: ''The Art of Arrow Cutting'', ''Shadows Bite''
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