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Frost, Gregory

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1951-    ) US author who has been heavily involved in writers' workshops including Clarion and who began publishing sf with "In the Sunken Museum" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981; most of his work for a decade was governed by its fantasy tone, including his first novel, Lyrec (1984), which does evoke Parallel Worlds but within a structure of story that does not permit an sf reading. His later sequence – the Crimson Spear tales, based on Celtic mythology and comprising Tain (1986) and Remscela (1988), both assembled as Crimson Spear: The Blood of Cú Chulainn (omni 1998) – is pure fantasy.

The Pure Cold Light (1993), on the other hand, is sf, though its plot does play on after-death experiences in a manner peculiarly stretching of the sf frame; overall, though, the book is a remarkably ingenious tale of government and corporation conspiracies involving possible Aliens, Cyberpunk riffs in the wastes of Near-Future Philadelphia, a female private investigator, and a Drug – Orbitol – whose reality-challenging effects are reminiscent of some passages in the work of Philip K Dick. Literary allusions abound, and wit, and excesses of narrative energy; but because the basic tale veers into the incredible and the camp, it seemed clear then – and continues to seem clear – that what Frost needs in future is a premise capable of taxing his inventiveness. [JC]

Gregory Dee Frost

born 13 May 1951

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series

Crimson Spear

  • Tain (New York: Ace Books, 1986) [Crimson Spear: pb/Phil Hale]
  • Remscela (New York: Ace Books, 1988) [Crimson Spear: pb/]

Shadowbridge

  • Shadowbridge (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2007) [Shadowbridge: pb/Thomas Thiemeyer]
  • Lord Tophet (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2008) [Shadowbridge: pb/Thomas Thiemeyer]

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