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The following is the text of the Wikipedia pages created by readers of my books. Apparently this Wikipedia page was so threatening to certain persons that it needed to be deleted. 

Thank you to the readers who believed so much in my work that they created these wonderful pages.

Thank you to those who secreted these pages away and preserved them.

Thank you to those who continue to send updates of these pages c/o robertstanek @ robertstanek.com.

I thank you for all the care you put into this.

God bless and take care,

Robert Stanek



...William Robert Stanek... (born January 3, 1966) is an American author best known for his international best-selling how-to books and his work as a columinst for PC Magazine and Dr. Dobbs Journal.

Stanek is the author of more than 100 books. His books have been successful, and have been featured on bestseller lists. He served in the United States Air Force from 1985 to 1991, and is the recipient of the United States highest flying honor the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In addition to his non-fiction work, he is the author of many popular works of fiction, including The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books and the sequel series In the Service of Dragons, which are set in his fantasy world of Ruin Mist. King's Mate is a game Robert created for the books.


Robert Stanek was born on January 3, 1966 in Burlington, Wisconsin. His father was an entrepreneur who immigrated to America from Budapest, Hungary. His mother is the granddaughter of French and Norwegian immigrants.

He became interested in writing as a child and was creating stories virtually from the time he was able to read and write. He started work as a journalist and editor with a school newspaper at the age of nine!

He joined the United States Air Force in 1985 and server in the Persian Gulf War from 1990-1991. He earned many medals for his wartime service, including the United States of America's highest-flying honor, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.

At age thirty-one, he decided to devote most of his time to full-length works of fact and fiction. Since then has written more than fifty books, many of them international best sellers, and his work has been published in more than fifty countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan, Korea, Canada, France, Australia, Germany, India, Spain, Italy, Turkey and various Latin American countries.

Today he works as a full-time author with an interest in, among other things, technology, computers, and the outdoors! He has broadcast and lectured about his work throughout the United States.

Family Life

Robert Stanek was the fourth child of five and the only boy. He spent his early years in Racine, Wisconsin. As a child, he attended Janes School Elementary, a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse. The same school his grandfather attended.

As a child, he loved reading. In an interview form Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003), he states he was fascinated with the Ripley's Believe It Or Not books and Guinness Book of World Records. He read classics like Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, and The Three Musketeers. When he got absolutely hooked on Jules Verne, he read Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. He through a Sherlock Holmes phase and read every Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book and then discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs's The Martian Tales got him hooked on the genre and he went on to read Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and liked it so much he read The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451.

Later in his childhood, he started reading Herman Melville, Jack London, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Of that he says, "Edgar Allan Poe can be pretty bleak and dark, especially when you're ten years old. But I remember being fascinated with his stories. To this day, I can still remember parts of The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Quote from Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003).

Writing Life

Robert Stanek wrote his first novel in 1986 when he was stationed in Japan. He spent a large part of the next twenty years perfecting the story and developing a history of the world he called Ruin Mist. His first Ruin Mist novel was Keeper Martin's Tale, which was simultaneously released in adult and children's editions. He designed the original covers for the Ruin Mist books.


Robert Stanek entered the United States Air Force in 1985 and worked as a cryptologic linguist. His military training includes more than 3 years of language training. His linguistic background extends to Russian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and German, though in interviews he professes that much of his language skills have "dulled and rusted" since he hasn't used them. His strong background in multiple languages helped him develop the world of Ruin Mist. The names of people and places in this world are very distinct according to historical origins, and have roots in the romance and eastern languages he has studied.

The languages of the peoples of Ruin Mist have roots in slavic, native American indian, and far eastern languages.

Bibliography (Fiction)

...Adult Fiction Series...

''Ruin Mist Chronicles''

1. Keeper Martin's Tale (2002)

2. Elf Queen's Quest (2002)

3. Kingdom Alliance (2003)

4. Fields of Honor (2004)

5. Mark of the Dragon (2005)

...Young Adult Fiction Series...

''Keeper Martin's Tales''

1. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #1 (2002)

2. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #2 (2002)

3. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #3 (2002)

4. The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #4 (2003)

5. In the Service of Dragons #1 (2004)

6. In the Service of Dragons #2 (2005)

7. In the Service of Dragons #3 (2005)

8. In the Service of Dragons #4 (2005)

''Magic Lands''

Journey Beyond the Beyond (2002)

Into the Beyond (2005, international edition)

Into the Stone Land (2006)

''Ruin Mist Tales''

1. The Elf Queen & The King (2002)

2. The Elf Queen & The King #2 (2002)

3. The Elf Queen & The King III (2006)

4. The Elf Queen & The King IV (2007)


At Dream's End (1996)

Sovereign Rule (2003)

The Pieces of the Puzzle (2006)

Stormjammers (2006)


Magic Lands & Other Stories (2002)

Ruin Mist Heroes, Legends & Beyond (2002)

...Short Fiction...

Absolutes (????)

August Rains (????)

Silence is Golden (????)

Books About William Robert Stanek

Magic of Ruin Mist (2003)

Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003)

Teacher's Classroom Guide to Ruin Mist (2003)

Student's Classroom Guide to The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches (2004)

Teacher's Classroom Guide to Magic Lands (2005)

Student's Classroom Guide to Magic Lands (2005)

Bibliography (Non-fiction)

Electronic Publishing Unleashed (1995)

FrontPage Unleashed (1996)

Peter Norton's Guide to Java Programming (1996)

Web Publishing Unleashed (1996)

FrontPage 97 Unleashed (1997)

Increase Your Web Traffic in a Weekend (1997)

Learn the Internet in a Weekend (1997)

Netscape One Developer's Guide (1997)

Web Publishing Unleashed Professional Reference Edition (1997)

FrontPage 98 Unleashed (1998)

Increase Your Web Traffic in a Weekend 2nd Edition (1998)

All-in-One Java 2 Certification Guide (1999)

FrontPage 2000 Unleashed (1999)

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (1999)

Netscape Mozilla Source Guide (1999)

SQL Server 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (1999)

Windows NT Scripting Administrator's Guide (1999)

Increase Your Web Traffic 3rd Edition (2000)

Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)

SQL Server 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)

Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2000)

Windows 2000 Scripting Bible (2000)

All-In-One Java 2 Certification Guide 3rd Edition (2001)

FrontPage 2002 Unleashed (2001)

Windows 2000 and IIS 5.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2001)

Windows XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2001)

XML Pocket Consultant (2001)

Effective Writing for Business College & Life (2002)

Essential Windows XP Commands Reference (2002)

Essential Windows 2000 Commands Reference (2002)

Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition (2002)

Windows .NET Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2003)

IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition (2003)

Faster Smarter FrontPage 2003 (2003)

Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (2003)


Robert Stanek was a tech columnist from 1995-1997.

PC Magazine

Dr. Dobbs Journal.

See Also

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

In the Service of Dragons

Ruin Mist

Ruin Mist Chronicles


Magic of Ruin Mist (2003)

Robert Stanek: Candid Conversations (2003)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elves and Fairies

External Links

The Official Robert Stanek web site

The Official Magic Lands web site

The Official Ruin Mist web site

Reagent Press Robert Stanek's publisher

Robert Stanek fan directory