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Rowe, Christopher

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1969-    ) US author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Kin to Crows" in Realms of Fantasy for June 1998, assembled with other early work in Bittersweet Creek and Other Stories (coll 2003 chap). Most of his stories have been fantasy, including the Supernormal Sleuthing Service sequence beginning with The Lost Legacy (2017) with Gwenda Bond, who is his wife and who has herself specialized in Young Adult fantasy; the series, designed for the younger rim of the Young Adult market, follows the adventures of its young protagonists in a world full of Monsters, some amiable, others villainous. With Bond he also co-edited the little magazine Say ... (which see).

Rowe is of sf interest primarily for the work assembled in Telling the Map: Stories (coll 2017), including his best-known tale, "The Voluntary State" (May 2004 Sci Fiction), a bravura immersion in a distant Near Future Tennessee, an autonomous state overseen by Nanoware-irradiated semi-sentient creatures and artefacts whose interactions with humans, under the central control of a defective AI, are uncannily harmonious. The eventual overthrow of the muscle-bound AI is narrated more conventionally, and the sequel, the near-book-length "The Border State" is altogether more relaxed, the bicycle race at its heart comprising a relatively leisurely tour through parts of balkanized America, the narrative tone cleanly reminiscent of Edgar Pangborn. Rowe should not be confused with the classical scholar Christopher Rowe (1942-    ). [JC]

Christopher Rowe

born Columbia, Kentucky: 25 December 1969



Supernormal Sleuthing Service

  • The Lost Legacy (New York: HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 2017) with Gwenda Bond [Supernormal Sleuthing Service: hb/Glenn Thomas]
  • The Sphinx's Secret (New York: HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 2018) with Gwenda Bond [Supernormal Sleuthing Service: hb/Glenn Thomas]

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