Greg Keyes

J. Gregory Keyes, the author of several fantasy novels and a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Georgia, was born in Meridian and spent his childhood in Mississippi and on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. His immersion in Navajo culture at an early age, coupled with tales drawn from his own family's partial Native American ancestry, led Keyes to his interest in linguistics, rituals, myths, and legends.

His first novel, The Waterborn was released in 1996, and his second, The Blackgod, came out the following year. His third novel, Newton's Cannon, launched his Age of Unreason series, an alternative-history fantasy in which Isaac Newton discovers the secrets of alchemy. Subsequent titles in the series are A Calculus of Angels (1999), Empire of Unreason (2000), and the final installment in the series, The Shadows of God (2001). He has also authored several books in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, Edge of Victory I: Conquest and Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, under the name Greg Keyes (2001).