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Ross, Deborah J

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1947-    ) US author who also writes as by Deborah Wheeler, the name she used for her first publication of genre interest, "Imperatrix" in Sword and Sorceress (anth 1984) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. For the first decades of her career, she tended to use her own name for Planetary Romances in the Darkover universe, primarily the Darkover: Clingfire sequence beginning with The Fall of Neskaya (2001) "with" Marion Zimmer Bradley; these titles seem likely to have comprised workings out of notes rather than collaborations as such, since Bradley, who had been in ill health for some time, died two years before the start of the sequence.

As Wheeler she published three standalone novels, beginning Jaydium (1993), in which young Kithri, a girl "jaydium" miner left alone after the death of her scientist father, is embroiled in intrigue with friends involving Time Travel, Alternate History, and episodes in the past of Kithri's planet when Alien civilization once ruled over what was a water world. Northlight (1995) is a Planetary Romance with Science Fantasy elements, featuring a tough but loving heroine whose possible Psi Powers seem to include clairvoyance. Collaborators (2013) is a First Contact tale in which Terrans, landing on a new planet, disrupt the native civilization.

Later works under Ross's own name include the Ashkantian Tales fantasy sequence beginning with The Seven-Petaled Shield (2013), and various edited anthology sequences involving sorceresses and other like figures, as well as Darkover Shared-World anthologies. [JC]

Deborah Jean Ross

born New York: 15 April 1947

works

series

Darkover: Clingfire

Darkover

Ashkantian Tales

individual titles

  • Jaydium (New York: DAW Books, 1993) as by Deborah Wheeler [pb/Vincent Di Fate]
  • Northlight (New York: DAW Books, 1995) as by Deborah Wheeler [pb/Jean-Francois Podevin]
  • Collaborators (Calgary, Alberta: Dragon Moon Press, 2013) as by Deborah Wheeler [pb/]

collections and stories

  • Pearls of Fire, Dreams of Steel (Trowbridge and Ross, 2018) [coll: pb/]
  • A Heat Wave in the Hellers and Other Tales of Darkover (Cedar Crest, New Mexico: Book View Café, 2019) [coll: Darkover: pb/Hannay M G Shapero]
  • The Fallen Man (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2021) [story: ebook: first appeared in Sword and Sorceress 33 (anth 2018) edited by Ross and Elisabeth Waters: na/]
  • The Girl from Black Point Rock (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2021) [story: ebook: first appeared in Sword and Sorceress 32 (anth 2017) edited by Elisabeth Waters: na/]
  • The Hero of Abarxia (no place given: for the author, 2021) [story: ebook: first appeared in When the Hero Comes Home 2 (anth 2013) edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy: na/]

works as editor

series

Lace and Blade

Darkover

  • Stars of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2014) with Elisabeth Waters [anth: Darkover: pb/Dave Smeds]
  • Gifts of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2015) [anth: Darkover: pb/Dave Smeds]
  • Realms of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2016) [anth: Darkover: pb/]
  • Masques of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2017) [anth: Darkover: pb/]
  • Crossroads of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2018) [anth: Darkover: pb/]
  • Citadels of Darkover (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2019) [anth: Darkover: pb/]

Sword and Sorceress

  • Sword and Sorceress 33 (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2018) with Elisabeth Waters [Sword and Sorceress: pb/Enrique Meseguer]
  • Sword and Sorceress 34 (San Francisco, California: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2019) with Elisabeth Waters [Sword and Sorceress: pb/Enrique Meseguer]

individual titles as editor

  • Beyond Grimm (Cedar Crest, New Mexico: Book View Café, 2012) with Irene Radford [anth: ebook: na/]
  • Mad Science Café (Cedar Crest, New Mexico: Book View Café, 2012) [anth: ebook: na/]
  • Across the Spectrum (Cedar Crest, New Mexico: Book View Café, 2013) with Pati Nagle [anth: ebook: na/]

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