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Swann, S Andrew

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Pseudonym of US author Steven A Swiniarski (1966-    ), much of whose sf has been constructed as a loose Future History beginning with the Terran Confederacy: Moreau sequence – comprising Forests of the Night (1993), Emperors of the Twilight (1994) and Specters of the Dawn (1994), all three assembled as Moreau Omnibus (omni 2003), plus Fearful Symmetries: The Return of Nohar Rajasthan (1999) – and constructed as group of sf noir detective novels in a world where Genetically Engineered animals have been bred to occupy underclass roles in a Dystopian America. Their name comes from H G Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), though the doctor's experiments are purely surgical; they are more fittingly evocative of the evolved animals in Cordwainer Smith's Instrumentality of Man. In honour of the fact that the detective protagonist of the series comes from tiger stock, some of the titles are taken from "The Tyger" (1794) by William Blake (1757-1827). In Cleveland – Swiniarski's home town, where much of his work is set – the protagonist discovers that Extraterrestrials are attempting to become Secret Masters of America through the use of advanced AIs. The second series – the Terran Confederacy: Hostile Takeover sequence comprising Profiteer (1995), Partisan (1995) and Revolutionary (1996), all assembled as The Hostile Takeover Trilogy (omni 2004) – opens the action into a multi-species Space Opera whose dominant Terran Confederacy is conceived on ambivalently Libertarian lines: "anarchy" is espoused, but interstellar corporations, even more freed of restraint than in the twenty-first century, create Prisons for profit across the starscape. In the final series – the Terran Confederacy: Apotheosis sequence comprising Prophets (2009), Heretics (2010) and Messiah (2011) – the scattered human and Posthuman races have entered a Long Night, but must rally to a threat of imposed Transcendence from unknown regions.

Swann's other work is of perhaps less interest in sf terms. The Cleveland Dead and Cleveland Portal series [for titles see Checklist] are horror featuring Vampires, albeit with some Science Fantasy rationalization in the form of a treatable "vampire virus"; the Wolf sequence [see Checklist] is an historical fantasy, with Werewolves recruited by the medieval Catholic Church; the three novels as by Steven Krane, beginning with Teek (1999), combine the Technothriller and Paranoia, as does Zimmerman's Algorithm (2000) as Swann. There is proficiency throughout, but not as yet perhaps fully engaged. [JC]

Steven Andrew Swiniarski

born Cleveland, Ohio: 1 September 1966



Terran Confederacy: Moreau

Terran Confederacy: Hostile Takeover

  • Profiteer (New York: DAW Books, 1995) [Terran Confederacy: Hostile Takeover: pb/Jim Burns]
  • Partisan (New York: DAW Books, 1995) [Terran Confederacy: Hostile Takeover: pb/Jim Burns]
  • Revolutionary (New York: DAW Books, 1996) [Terran Confederacy: Hostile Takeover: pb/Jim Burns]

Terran Confederacy: Apotheosis

  • Prophets (New York: DAW Books, 2009) [Terran Confederacy: Apotheosis: pb/Stephan Martinière]
  • Heretics (New York: DAW Books, 2010) [Terran Confederacy: Apotheosis: pb/Stephan Martinière]
  • Messiah (New York: DAW Books, 2011) [Terran Confederacy: Apotheosis: pb/Stephan Martinière]

Cleveland Undead

Cleveland Portal


  • Wolfbreed (New York: Bantam Spectra, 2009) as by S A Swann [Wolf: pb/Gene Molica]
  • Wolf's Cross (New York: Bantam Spectra, 2010) as by S A Swann [Wolf: pb/Gene Molica]

Dragon Princess

  • Dragon Princess (New York: DAW Books, 2014) [Dragon Princess: pb/Omar Rayyan]
  • Dragon Thief (New York: DAW Books, 2015) [Dragon Princess: pb/Omar Rayyan]
  • Dragon Wizard (New York: DAW Books, 2016) [Dragon Princess: pb/Omar Rayyan]

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