Some of his work has been collected in The Fantasy Art of Stephen Hickman (1989) and The Art of Stephen Hickman: Empyrean (2015). He has been honored with a Hugo Award (1993, for Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy), five Chesley Awards and two gold awards from the Spectrum Anthology.
Mr. Hickman has tried his hand at writing and illustrating his own work. His novel The Lemurian Stone was published in 1988. In this work, he created the Pharazar Mythos, which has been the basis for several major paintings, including The Lion Pavilion and The Astronomer Prince.