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Lawhead, Stephen R

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1950-    ) US author of Christian Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, which also see for entry on this author); permanently in the UK from about 1991. He began writing work of genre interest with the Dragon King fantasy trilogy beginning with In the Hall of the Dragon King (1982); a later fantasy sequence, the Pendragon Cycle, beginning with Taliesin (1987), Christianizes (which is to say, re-Christianizes) Arthurian legends [for Arthur see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the catechizing impulse evident in earlier titles seems to have been moderated in later productions.

Of sf interest are Dream Thief (1983), set on a Space Habitat called Gotham (see New York) menaced by a hypnopompic Alien; the Empyrion sequence – comprising The Search for Fierra (1985) and The Siege of Dome (1986), both titles being assembled as Empyrion (omni 1990) – set in a mysteriously dysfunctional colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds); and the Howard Had sequence for younger readers (see Children's SF) beginning with Howard Had a Spaceship (1986 chap), each title built around a voyage of Discovery undertaken by Howard at the behest of inventive relatives. [JC]

Stephen Robert Lawhead

born Kearney, Nebraska: 2 July 1950




  • The Search for Fierra (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1985) [Empyrion: pb/]
  • The Siege of Dome (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1986) [Empyrion: pb/Kernie Erickson]
    • Empyrion (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Lion Publishing, 1990) [omni of the above two: Empyrion: pb/Lee Gibbons]

Howard Had

Bone Empires

fantasy (highly selected)


Dragon King

Pendragon Cycle

  • Taliesin (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1987) [Pendragon Cycle: pb/]
  • Merlin (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1988) [Pendragon Cycle: pb/]
  • Arthur (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1989) [Pendragon Cycle: pb/Chuck Gillies]
  • Pendragon (New York: William Morrow/AvoNova, 1994) [Pendragon Cycle: hb/Mike Posen]
  • Grail (New York: William Morrow/Avon, 1997) [Pendragon Cycle: hb/Mike Posen]


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