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Cole, Adrian

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(1949-    ) UK author, most of whose books lace fantasy and horror venues with sf devices, but which in the final analysis read essentially as fantasies. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Wired Tales" for Dark Horizons #6 in Summer 1973, and several stories soon followed about a not entirely unusual Cursed Warrior named The Voidal, culminating perhaps in The Coming of the Voidal (1977 chap), and all revised, with some new content, as Oblivion Hand (coll 2001). The quasi-sf Dream Lords Fantasy sequence, beginning with A Plague of Nightmares (1975), was followed by the fantasy Omaran Saga, beginning with A Place among the Fallen (1986). The Star Requiem sequence, which is sf – Star Requiem Book 1: Mother of Storms (1989), Book 2: Thief of Dreams (1989), Book 3: Warlord of Heaven (1990) and Book 4: Labyrinth of Worlds (1990) – demonstrates in a Planetary-Romance setting Cole's undemanding familiarity with sf tropes (like the flight of a remnant of humanity from genocide, and the relentless search for that remnant by genocidal Aliens) and a smooth style broken by intermittent moments of inattention. For collaborative stories he has also signed himself Adrian Bryant. [JC]

see also: Robert Hale Limited.

Adrian Christopher Synnot Cole

born Plymouth, Devon: 22 July 1949



Dream Lords


  • The Coming of the Voidal (Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire: Spectre Press, 1977) [chap: Voidal: pb/Jim Pitts]
  • Oblivion Hand 2001 (Holicong, Pennsylvania: Wildside Press, 2001) [coll: Voidal: pb/Jim Pitts]

Omaran Saga

Star Requiem

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