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Robert Anthony Salvatore
RA Salvatore, convention

Pseudonym R.A. Salvatore
Born January 20, 1959 (1959-01-20) (age 58)
Leominster, Massachusetts
Occupation novelist
Nationality American
Writing period 1982 to the present
Genres fiction
Subjects fantasy, science fiction

[R.A. Salvatore's official website Official website]

Robert Anthony Salvatore (b. January 20 1959, Leominster, Massachusetts), who writes under the name R. A. Salvatore, is a fantasy author best known for The DemonWars Saga[1], his Forgotten Realms novels and the controversial Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novel Vector Prime.

HistoryEdit

Robert Salvatore was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of a family of seven. A graduate of Leominster High School, Salvatore has credited his high school English teacher with being instrumental in his development as a writer. During his time at Fitchburg State College, he became interested in fantasy after reading J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, given to him as a Christmas gift.[2] He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and later a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before taking up writing full time he worked as a bouncer.[3]

In 1982 he started writing more seriously, developing a manuscript he titled Echoes of the Fourth Magic. [4]He went on to publish several series of books in the Forgotten Realms campaign world, while lately his popularity surged due to his Demon Wars sagas and his two Star Wars books.

One of his most popular characters is Drizzt Do'Urden, a drow, or dark elf, portrayed against the stereotypes of his race, who defied a nation of evil enemies with his swordsmanship and courage. He abandoned the Underdark, a merciless and barren land of unmarked and limitless tunnels where deadly creatures continually lurk. His journey for freedom leads him to the surface where he faces discrimination at every turn because of his dark heritage. Drizzt stumbles along in a harsh world until he finally comes upon friends who understand the kindness of his heart. Together, they fight for justice against sinister enemies who dare to disrupt the peace of Drizzt's newfound homeland.

In addition to his novels, Salvatore wrote the story for the PS2, Xbox and PC video game Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (2004), working with the design team at Stormfront Studios. The game was published by Atari and was nominated for awards by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and BAFTA. CDS books commissioned him to edit a four book series based on the interactive online Everquest game. [5] He also wrote the bot chat lines for the Quake III bots. Currently, R.A. Salvatore is busy at work as Creative Director for 38 Studios, formerly named Green Monster Games, along with pitcher Curt Schilling and Spawn comic creator Todd McFarlane.

February 2008, Devil's Due Publishing published Spooks, a comic book about a U.S. government anti-paranormal investigator/task force created by Larry Hama and Salvatore. Hama created the military characters and plots, and Salvatore covered the monster characters. [6]

He is noted for his intense and descriptive battle scenes which have been attributed to his history in boxing and his work as a bouncer.[7]

In 2000, Salvatore's collected papers, including correspondence and unpublished works, were donated to his alma mater Fitchburg State College to create the 'R.A. Salvatore Collection.'

He and his wife Diane have three children: Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin.

BibliographyEdit

Forgotten RealmsEdit

The Icewind Dale TrilogyEdit

The Dark Elf TrilogyEdit

Legacy of the DrowEdit

Paths of DarknessEdit

The Cleric QuintetEdit

The Hunter's Blades TrilogyEdit

The SellswordsEdit

TransitionsEdit

War of the Spider QueenEdit

The Spearwielder's TalesEdit

Saga of the First KingEdit

The DemonWars SagaEdit

Chronicles of Ynis AielleEdit

Crimson shadow seriesEdit

Star WarsEdit

Star Wars: The New Jedi OrderEdit

Graphic Novel AdaptationsEdit

  • Homeland
  • Exile
  • Sojourn
  • The Crystal Shard
  • Streams of Silver
  • Trial by Fire (2001)
  • The Halfling's Gem
  • Eye for an Eye

Other novelsEdit

Short StoriesEdit

Other mediaEdit

  • The Accursed Tower A 2nd Edition AD&D Module
  • Demon Stone Role-playing Game released on PS2, Xbox, and PC
  • In collaboration with Seven Swords, R A Salvatore created the bot chat responses for the computer game Quake 3 Arena

MiscellaneousEdit

As the author tasked with writing the first book of the New Jedi Order series, Salvatore was ordered by Lucasfilm to kill off Chewbacca, one of the most popular characters in the franchise. Many fans thought that Salvatore himself had made this decision, but it was actually Randy Stradley, the then-editor at Dark Horse Comics.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shippey, T.A. eds. Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy vol I. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1996.
  2. Clute, John. And John Grant. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. NY: ST. Martkin’s Press, 1997
  3. Clute, John. And John Grant. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. NY: ST. Martkin’s Press, 1997 . Publishers Weekly. 5/17/2004, Vol. 251 Issue 20, p23
  4. Shippey, T.A. ed. Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy vol II. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1996.
  5. Raugust, Karen. "*The Expanding World of EverQuest". Publishers Weekly. 5/17/2004, Vol. 251 Issue 20, p23
  6. Devil's Due Publishing press release: "Special San Diego Comic-Con Announcement", July 36 2007
  7. Pringle, David eds. St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers. Detroit, MI: St. James Press, 1996
  8. Randy Stradley on DarkHorse.com message boards

ReviewsEdit

External linksEdit

InterviewsEdit

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