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Schmidt, Dennis

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1939-2003) US author who restricted himself almost exclusively to series during his short active career; although he began publishing work of genre interest with "Seeker of the Way" in Galaxy for October 1976, the tale was a prelude to the three volumes of the Kensho sequence – Way-Farer (1978), Kensho (1979), Satori (1981) and Wanderer (1985) – which features a protagonist who combines Zen and martial arts in agreeably complex Space-Opera adventures. The Twilight of the Gods sequence beginning with Twilight of the Gods: The First Name (1985), is fantasy, and is likewise conceived with well orchestrated complexity. The Questioner TrilogyLabyrinth (1989), City of Crystal Shadow (1990) and Dark Paradise (1990) – returns to intergalactic space, where the operations of a peacekeeping force are featured. Schmidt gave some impression of being an author who might at any point decide to break through into higher regions of his art; but stopped publishing. [JC]

Dennis Arthur Schmidt

born Illinois: 30 January 1939

died Spokane, Washington: 29 May 2003




  • Way-Farer (New York: Ace Books, 1978) [Kensho: pb/Ben Venuti]
  • Kensho (New York: Ace Books, 1979) [Kensho: pb/Ben Venuti]
  • Satori (New York: Ace Books, 1981) [Kensho: pb/uncredited]
  • Wanderer (New York: Ace Books, 1985) [Kensho: pb/Carl Lundgren]

Twilight of the Gods

Questioner Trilogy


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