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Vardeman is a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials science. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories in the Solid State Physics Research Department before becoming a full-time writer. He got his start in writing by writing for science fiction fanzines, and was nominated for the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Vardeman is one of the founders of Bubonicon, a science fiction convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He is the author of more than fifty fantasy and science fiction novels. An anthology of his short fiction, "Stories From Desert Bob's Reptile Ranch," was published in 2007.
Vardeman's fantasy series include The War of Powers (6 volumes co-authored with Victor Milan), Cenotaph Road (6 volumes), The Swords of Raemllyn (9 volumes co-authored with Geo. W. Proctor), The Jade Demons (4 books), The Keys to Paradise trilogy, The Demon Crown trilogy, and a British-published trilogy called "The Accursed." Vardeman is currently involved in the novelizations of the fantasy game series, God of War. He created the Cenotaph Road series of science fantasy novels; co-wrote the Swords of Raemllyn series (with George W. Proctor) and the The War of Powers series with Victor Milan; and wrote Ruins of Power, a MechWarrior: Dark Age story.
Vardeman's science fiction works include the Weapons of Chaos trilogy, three published books in the "Masters of Space" series, the Biowarriors trilogy, and the stand-alone novels "The Sandcats of Rhyl," "Road to the Stars," and "Ancient Heavens." The 1991 techno-thriller "Death Fall" is a related novel, although works set in a contemporary setting are often not categorized as science fiction.
Vardeman also had a series of three mystery novels published, involving the "psychic detective" Peter Thorne.
Vardeman wrote a number of game-related tie in works, including:
He started to write the Keys to Paradise fantasy series under the pseudonym "Daniel Moran," unaware at first of writer Daniel Keys Moran, but the second book in that series then stated that Vardeman was "writing as Daniel Moran." Vardeman started publishing two other series under pseudonyms in the late 1980s - the fantasy series "After the Spell Wars" under the name F.J. Hale, and the Star Frontier science fiction series under the name of Edward S. Hudson. Both these series are being republished under his own name. He also wrote Tom Swift: Gateway to Doom (1983) from Tom Swift III and Tom Swift and the The Microbots (1992), part of the Tom Swift IV series of books under the house pen name, Victor Appleton; as well as writing numerous westerns under the pen names Karl Lassiter and Jackson Lowry. He also wrote in mid-1970s for Book Creations, Inc., under house pseudonym Paul Kenyon, The Baroness. Similar work includes 8 novels written for the Nick Carter adventure series, the novel "Sea Fire" under the name Cliff Garnett, more than 100 novels written for a major western series, plus 8 novels written for another western series that was less enduring.