Austin was born in Providence, Kentucky. As her father was career military, she and her two siblings grew up in Germany and Japan, as well as the United States. She studied art and biology at the University of Houston, Texas, and has since worked in both Canada and the United States.
She has illustrated books by Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, Andre Norton, Harold Lamb, Poul Anderson, Lewis Shiner, and Ursula K. Le Guin; and she has done illustrations for Amazing, Destinies, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
A collection of her work, Alicia Austin's Age of Dreams, was published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, in 1978..
She was one of the editors of Kevas and Trillium.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1970 -- Best Fan Artist Hugo nominee
- 1971 -- Best Fan Artist Hugo, Inkpot Award, Locus Award
- 1972 -- Best Fan Artist Hugo nominee
- 1974 -- Best Fan Artist Hugo nominee
- 1978 -- 4th World Fantasy Convention
- 1979 -- World Fantasy Award, (Coveted) Balrog Award
- 1981 -- LepreCon 7, AggieCon XII
- 1983 -- Westerchron
- 1984 -- Moscon VI
- 1985 -- WisCon 9
- 1991 -- Disclave 35
- 1993 -- ConFrancisco
- 1994 -- Loscon 21
- 1998 -- Baycon '98
- 1999 -- Empirecon
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