Stepan Chapman was born in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, and studied theatre at the University of Michigan. In 1969, his first published story was selected for Analog by John W. Campbell. In the 70s, his early fiction appeared in four of Damon Knight's Orbit anthologies. He has performed in plays in the USA and England, and his comedies for children were produced for the Edinburgh Drama Festival. In 1997, the Ministry of Whimsy Press released his first novel, The Troika, which won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award.