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Steven Robert "Steve" Alten (born August 21, 1959) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his Meg series, a series of novels set around the fictitious survival of the megalodon, a giant prehistoric shark. Alten holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in sports medicine from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in sports administration from Temple University.[1] Alten is the founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide secondary school free reading program promoting works from six authors, including his own.[2] Alten resides in South Florida.

Critical response

Some critics have pointed out that Alten's books feature poorly researched science and weak writing,[3] and at least one has called the novel MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror "terrible".[3] Others have praised his character development, research and story-telling.[4] Reviewer Steve Donoghue's review calls Alten a "huckster" and has written "the Moby Dick of giant killer shark novels."[5]

Reviewer Jason Frost said of Alten's Grim Reaper: End of Days, "This will not be one of the best books you will read this year. This will be one of the best books you will read, period."[citation needed] Mystery Book Review said of The Loch, "The blending of factual and fictional material as crafted by Alten for the book is both fascinating and credible."[citation needed] Paul Craig Roberts, former Wall Street Journal editor, said of Alten's thriller, The Shell Game, "Alten’s book is a first-class thriller set in the real world of today."[citation needed]

Alten's comedic novel, Dog Training the American Way (written under the pen name L.A. Knight) was given a positive review by Kirkus Reviews, which described "the prose [as flowing] like a jocular babbling brook" and the plot as compelling: "Incident by unlikely incident, we are pulled deeper into their lives until it is their fates (not merely their quips) that keep us turning the pages."[6]


Meg series

Domain trilogy

  • Domain (2001)
  • Resurrection (2004)
  • Phobos: Mayan Fear (2011)

The Loch series

Other Novels

  • Goliath (2002)
  • The Shell Game (2008)
  • Grim Reaper: End of Days (2010)
  • The Omega Project (2013)
  • Sharkman (2014)
  • Nightmares Unhinged (Foreword) (2015)

Film projects

  • In a 2008 interview producer Belle Avery spoke about doing preliminary work on film based on The Loch.[7] To date, there has been no adaptation of this book into a film.
  • In March 2018 the film Meg is set to be released. It is directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor.[8]


  1. ^ "Authors". Adopt An Author. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Adopt-An-Author", THE Journal, 08/01/2005.
  3. ^ a b Ellis, Richard (20 July 1996). "MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror, by Steve Alten". Los Angeles Times Book Review. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Redfern, Nick (8 August 2009). "Lair of the Beasts: Monsters in Fiction". Mania. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  5. ^ Donoghue, Steve. "Book Review - Meg by Steve Alten". Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review. Open Letters Monthly. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
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  7. ^ "Belle Avery Talks 'Grizzly Park' and the Long-delayed 'MEG'!". Bloody Disgusting. 29 May 2008. 
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