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Joseph Edward "Joe" Lake, Jr. (June 6, 1964 – June 1, 2014) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. His best known works were Trial of Flowers (2006), Mainspring (2007), Escapement (2008), Madness of Flowers (2009) and Pinion (2010). He was a quarterly first place winner in the Writers of the Future contest in 2003. In 2004, he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction.

Lake was born in Taiwan to foreign service officer Joseph Edward Lake (born 1941). He was raised in both Taiwan and Nigeria before settling in the United States.

Lake died from a long battle with colorectal cancer on June 1, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. He was 49, and died just five day before his 50th birthday.

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