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Rowley, Christopher

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1948-    ) US author whose career began with efficiently written Military SF novels, beginning with the War for Eternity/Fenrille sequence – The War for Eternity (1983), The Black Ship (1985), The Founder (1989) and To a Highland Nation (1993) – which concentrates on warfare within our solar system, though the inhabitants of at least one outlying Space Habitat are involved in interstellar exploration. The Vang sequence – Starhammer (1986), The Vang: The Military Form (1988) and The Vang: The Battlemaster (1990) – moves into interstellar space and features a deadly Alien lifeform. With George Snow (anon) he wrote the Star Wars text Return of the Jedi (1983 chap), one of his few individual titles; in Golden Sunlands (1987) the humans on a colony planet are kidnapped to serve as cannon fodder in a complex war within a vast Dyson Sphere, but soon show their spunk. After the Bazil Broketail sequence of fantasies beginning with Bazil Broketail (1992) and ending with Dragon Ultimate (1999), and the Arna sequence, beginning with The Ancient Enemy: The First Book of Arna (2000) and ending with Doom's Break: The Third Book of Arna (2002), he returned to sf with the ongoing Heavy Metal Pulp sequence, beginning with Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model (2010). These are heavily illustrated Near Future noir thrillers set in a decadent New York, much of the action revolving around an Android Sex worker who seems to be the repository of dread secrets. [JC]

Christopher B Rowley

born Lynn, Massachusetts: 1948



War for Eternity/Fenrille

  • The War for Eternity (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1983) [War for Eternity/Fenrille: pb/Ralph McQuarrie]
  • The Black Ship (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1985) [War for Eternity/Fenrille: pb/Ralph McQuarrie]
  • The Founder (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1989) [War for Eternity/Fenrille: pb/Stephen Hickman]
  • To a Highland Nation (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1993) [War for Eternity/Fenrille: pb/Bob Eggleton]


Bazil Broketail


Heavy Metal Pulp

individual titles

  • Golden Sunlands (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1987) [pb/Ralph McQuarrie]
  • Arkham Woods (Los Angeles, California: Seven Seas, 2009) [graph: illus/pb/Jhomar Soriano]


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