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Gravel, Geary

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1951-    ) US author and (since 1978) a Certified Sign Language Interpreter. Most of his later work has been fantasy [see Checklist], though he began publishing work of interest with the sf Autumnworld Mosaic sequence comprising The Alchemists (1984) and The Pathfinders (1986), set in a Galaxy abandoned by superior Aliens after they have passed their technologies on to the human race, which – now that it has benefited from this Uplift – proceeds to conquer the neighbouring planetary systems, sometimes to the detriment of existing inhabitants. The first novel describes an attempt on the part of a human group to thwart the "expansionists" on a planet occupied by nonsentient humanoids; the second involves a damaging plunge into the "dark beyond space" where as-yet-unrevealed mysteries of cosmogony reside. The War of the Fading Worlds series, comprising A Key for the Nonesuch (1990) and Return of the Breakneck Boys (1991), is a Science-Fantasy adventure set in a mysterious Game-World-like arena, into which the protagonist initially stumbles when he uses a borrowed key to gain access to, as he thinks, a toilet. Gravel continues to seem a polished writer who has never quite yet focused what seems a considerable talent. [JC]

Geary Price Gravel

born East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: 12 November 1951



Autumnworld Mosaic

  • The Alchemists (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1984) [Autumnworld Mosaic: pb/Kirk Reinert]
  • The Pathfinders (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1986) [Autumnworld Mosaic: pb/David Schleinkofer]

War of the Fading Worlds


Might and Magic

individual titles

  • Hook (New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1992) [tie to the film: pb/]


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