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Gadallah, Leslie

Entry updated 6 February 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1939-    ) Canadian author best known for her Empire of Kaz sequence – starting with Cat's Pawn (1987) – in which a human protagonist becomes involved with the eponymous Cat-like Alien Orioni, themselves involved in a desperate war against the invading Kazi, who dominate much of the Galaxy by the end of the second volume, which ends on an unusual downbeat, suggesting that further volumes may have been projected. The Loremasters (1988; vt The Legend of Sarah 2014 ebook), a singleton, less impressively pitches a civilized enclave which inhabits a Keep against a horde of barbarians on an energy-starved future Earth. Except for some short stories, Gadallah fell silent after 1990. [JC]

Leslie Anne Payne Gadallah

born Alberta: 8 October 1939



Empire of Kaz

  • Cat's Pawn (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1987) [Empire of Kaz: pb/Barclay Shaw]
  • Cat's Gambit (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1990) [Empire of Kaz: pb/Barclay Shaw]
  • Cat's Game (Neustadt, Ontario, Canada: Five Rivers Chapmanry, 2018) [Empire of Kaz: pb/]

individual titles

  • The Loremasters (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1988) [pb/]
    • The Legend of Sarah (Neustadt, Ontario, Canada: Five Rivers Chapmanry, 2014) [ebook: vt of the above: na/]


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