(1965- ) Canadian author and army reserve officer who began to publish work of genre interest with "Prisoner of War" in Man-Kzin Wars VII (anth 1995) edited by Larry Niven; he went on to produce the first full-length novel in the Man-Kzin Wars Shared World sequence, Destiny's Forge (2006). Mission Critical: Death of the Phoenix (1996) is a Tie to the Videogame Mission Critical (1995) designed by Mike Verdu, and forms a sequel to the game's interstellar action, also filling out the necessarily sketchy game background.
Chafe's most ambitious solo work is the Ark trilogy, so far comprising Genesis (2007) and Exodus: The Ark (2009), intended to be completed by the projected «Revelations»; this explores the traditional Generation Starship theme. Genesis deals largely with the Political machinations and development of Technology required to build a World Ship – the Ark – capable of a ten-thousand-year voyage and duly launched late in the book. Exodus tells stories spread over several millennia long after the journey began, when the ship's inhabitants no longer remember their mission or the nature of their Pocket Universe (see Clichés) and are for the most part oppressed by a nasty Religion known as the Prophetsy. [DRL]
Paul C Chafe
born Toronto, Ontario: 1965