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Spoor, Ryk E

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1962-    ) US author most of whose work has been action-heavy Space Opera, though his first book, Digital Knight (coll of linked stories 2003), is a set of closely linked tales whose narrator, the eponymous Computer-expert private eye, uncovers a complex Alternate World through his discovery of the existence of Vampires and other Supernatural Creatures. In his first two sf series, however, Spoor settled into a mode where interstellar action can be unpacked with due flamboyance; in both of these series, that action takes place in a universe where Homo sapiens are relative newcomers. The Boundary sequence with Eric Flint, beginning with Boundary (2006), follows the palaeontological discovery on Earth and on Mars of evidence that a Forerunner species may have been responsible for advanced life on Earth (see Uplift). The Grand Central Arena sequence beginning with Grand Central Arena (2010) is set in a heavily populated galaxy in which Homo sapiens is a latecomer; the first human explorers discover that interstellar affairs among various species have long been mediated through agonistic behaviour (see Johan Huizinga) in a great "arena" (see Games and Sports) where disputes and entanglements are sorted out.

Phoenix Rising (2012) is fantasy [see Checklist for further volumes]; however, a further space opera series – Demons of the Past, opening with Revelation (2018) – is grouped with Digital Knight and the Phoenix Rising trio as taking place in the overall Zarathan Multiverse. [JC/DRL]

Ryk Erik Spoor

born Omaha, Nebraska: 21 July 1962




Grand Central Arena

Zarathan: Phoenix Rising

Zarathan: Demons of the Past

  • Revelation (Ontario, Canada: Double Dragon Publications, 2018) [Zarathan: Demons of the Past: pb/]
  • Revolution (no place given: Ring of Fire Press, 2018) [Zarathan: Demons of the Past: pb/]
  • Retribution (no place given: Ring of Fire Press, 2019) [ebook: Zarathan: Demons of the Past: pb/Vincent Chong]

Demons of the Past

  • Digital Knight (New York: Baen Books, 2003) [Zarathan: pb/Gary Ruddell]
    • Paradigms Lost (New York: Baen Books, 2014) [rev/exp version of the above: Zarathan: pb/Stephen Hickman]
  • Legend (no place given: Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press, 2019) [pb/Cover Designer]

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