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Stasheff, Christopher

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1944-2018) US author with a PhD in theatre, a subject he taught at university level; his writing career began with and has remained almost wholly dedicated to the variously interconnected Science Fantasy Warlock series, the first being the Warlock/Rod Gallowglass sequence, whose internal chronology begins with a book several titles into the sequence, Escape Velocity (1983), then continues untroubled with The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969), Stasheff's first book (and perhaps his best), and ending with The Warlock's Last Ride (2004). With decreasing joie de vivre, and an increasing sense that lessons of religious import were being incongruously imported into a play universe, the sequence follows the zany adventures of Rod Gallowglass and his clumsy Robot steed-cum-sidekick named Fess, casually hired agents of a galactic confederation hoping to reunite various lost human colonies (see Colonization of Other Worlds), have found themselves on the planet of Gramarye, where Magic works (thinly rationalized as an expression of Psi Powers); they settle into this Medieval Futurist world, and flourish. There is some Time Travel, excursions into Alternate Worlds; many creatures of Faerie are comically rendered. Further Warlock series include the Warlock/Rogue Wizard sequence beginning with A Wizard in Bedlam (1979) and ending with A Wizard in a Feud (2001); the Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme sequence beginning with Her Majesty's Wizard (1986) and ending with The Feline Wizard (2000); and the Warlock/Warlock's Heirs sequence. [For Rationalized Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.]

More recently Stasheff ventured into new territory. The Starship Troupers sequence – comprising A Company of Stars (1991), We Open on Venus (1994) and Starship Troupers #3: A Slight Detour (1995) – follows a theatre company from twenty-third-century New York to various planets, where Stasheff's own love for the theatre invigorates the Planetary Romance format. Mind Out of Time (coll 2003) assembles light fiction, at some points heavy with puns. With Bill Fawcett he edited a Shared-World series about the Crafter family of magicians, The Crafters (anth 1991) and The Crafters #2: Bellsings and Curses (anth 1992); no further volumes appeared. [JC]

see also: Fantasy; Humour; Supernatural Creatures; Sword and Sorcery.

Christopher Boris Stasheff

born Mount Vernon, New York: 15 January 1944

died Champaign, Illinois: 10 June 2018



Warlock/Rod Gallowglass

Warlock/Rogue Wizard

Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme

  • Her Majesty's Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1986) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: pb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • The Oathbound Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1993) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: hb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • The Witch Doctor (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1994) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: hb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • The Secular Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1995) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: hb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • My Son, The Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1997) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: pb/Daniel Horne]
  • The Haunted Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2000) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: pb/Allen Pollack]
  • The Crusading Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2000) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: pb/Dreu Pennington-McNeil]
  • The Feline Wizard (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2000) [Warlock/A Wizard in Rhyme: pb/Dreu Pennington-McNeil]

Warlock/Warlock's Heirs

  • M'Lady Witch (New York: Ace Books, 1994) [Warlock/Warlock's Heirs: pb/Kirk Reinert]
  • Quicksilver's Knight (New York: Ace Books, 1995) [Warlock/Warlock's Heirs: pb/Tara McGovern]
  • The Spell-Bound Scholar (New York: Ace Books, 1999) [Warlock/Warlock's Heirs: pb/Tim Barrall]
  • Here Be Monsters (New York: Ace Books, 2001) [Warlock/Warlock's Heirs: pb/Eric J W Lee]

Starship Troupers

Star Stone

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Including collections, stories, contributions to Shared Worlds.

works as editor



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