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Gardner, Craig Shaw

Entry updated 7 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Rocket Roll" for Unearth in Spring 1978. He is almost exclusively associated with fantasy, both original titles (chiefly Humour) – beginning with the Ebenezum and Wuntvor humorous romps whose first volume is A Malady of Magics (fixup 1986) [see Checklist below] – and a range of very competent Ties [for fuller descriptions see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He has also written fantasy as by Peter Garrison.

Gardner is of greatest sf interest for his two Back to the Future film series ties, Back to the Future: Part II (1989) and Back to the Future: Part III (1990), which capture some of the almost poignant exuberance of the original films. Further ties include two Batman Films novelizations.

The spoofish Cineverse Cycle trilogy opening with Slaves of the Volcano God (1989) comprises romping adventures in an Alternate World, the Cineverse, where – in a manner distantly reminiscent of Elmer Rice's A Voyage to Purilia (1930) – reality is shaped by the multi-genred Clichés of Hollywood B-movie Cinema. [JC/DRL/RR]

Craig Shaw Gardner

born Rochester, New York: 2 July 1949

works (selected)


Ebenezum and Wuntvor: Ebenezum

Ebenezum and Wuntvor: Ballad of Wuntvor

Back to the Future

Batman Universe

Cineverse Cycle

Spider-Man Universe

Battlestar Galactica Universe



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