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Douglas, L Warren

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1943-    ) Pseudonym of US teacher, woodcarver and author Douglas W Lugthart, who began to publish sf with A Plague of Change (1992). This was followed in the Plague of Change sequence by Cannon's Orb (1994); the protagonist of the sequence – who is something of an anthropologist (like Warren himself) as well as a Computer expert – is hired by Aliens to examine the causes for the decline of a colony planet, though Space Opera concerns soon externalize his study as pirates threaten the world. His most significant sf work, the Arbiter sequence – comprising Stepwater (1995), The Wells of Phyre (1996) and Glaice (1996) – again features a roving investigator, who in this case searches the worlds for stolen or lost data, the recovery of which may cure not diseases on farflung planets but also save civilization. The Sorceress's Tale sequence is fantasy. Warren's two singletons also involve oversight functions: in Bright Islands in a Dark Sea (1993), an archaeologist discovers the truth behind a theocracy's worship of Aliens (see Religion); and in Simply Human (2000), a Cyborg cares for the remnants of humanity in a Ruined Earth. [JC]

Douglas W Lugthart

born Grand Rapids, Michigan: 3 November 1943



Plague of Change


  • Stepwater (New York: Penguin/Roc, 1995) [Arbiter: pb/Mark Gerber]
  • The Wells of Phyre (New York: Penguin/Roc, 1996) [Arbiter: pb/Mark Gerber]
  • Glaice (New York: Penguin/Roc, 1996) [Arbiter: pb/Chris Moore]
  • Xaradne (no place given: privately published, 2017) [Arbiter: pb/]

Sorceress's Tale

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