Robert Asprin was an American sci-fi and fantasy author. He is best known for his series, such as The Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, The Phule’s Company, and The Time Scout (with Linda Evans).
Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in St. Johns, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and served a year in the United States Army. Then he moved to New York in the early 1970s to pursue a career as a writer.
Robert Asprin debuted with the novel, The Cold Cash War (1977), which was followed by the popular MythAdventures series. It chronicled the adventures of a hapless wizard apprentice named Skeeve and his demon mentor, Aahz. The series, which spanned more than a dozen novels, became a cult classic and cemented Asprin's status as a leading voice of the genre.
As an active science fiction fan, he was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a co-founder of the Great Dark Horde, and a founder of the Dorsai Irregulars. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for the Capture in 1976.
He also wrote several significant stand-alone novels such as Tambu (1979), The Bug Wars (1979), and the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories (1986–1988). Asprin edited the groundbreaking Thieves’ World anthology series with Lynn Abbey.
Other collaborations include License Invoked (set in the French Quarter of New Orleans) and several Myth Adventures novels, all written with Jody Lynn Nye.
His final solo was a contemporary fantasy series called Dragons, set in New Orleans.
Robert Asprin died in 2008 at the age of 61, having published over fifty novels and several short stories.