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Twelve Hawks, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of an unidentified US author (?   -    ); he has stated more than once that he is not a Native American. No works under any other name have been identified; the author known as Twelve Hawks is almost exclusively associated with one work, the Equipoisal Fourth Realm sequence comprising The Traveler (2005), The Dark River (2007) and The Golden City (2009), set in a Near Future whose ostensible Secret Masters, known as The Brethren or The Tabula, aspire to control the world (and the future) through the application of a Parody of Enlightenment Utopian principles, in the form of a set of advanced Technologies known collectively as the "Virtual Panopticon". Every human action must both be visible and known to be visible, in this world and in any world reachable through access to other Dimensions. Opposing The Tabula are The Travelers, whose access to various worlds – understood in terms of Tibetan Cosmology – is mystical. The intergeneric plotlines tend to thicken, but there is an underlying sense that the Vast Machine meets its match in the end, and that the worlds will thrive without utopia.

Spark (2014), a singleton, is a thriller set in a contemporary corporation-dominated world that verges on sf, but is not in fact fantastic. [JC]

"John Twelve Hawks"




Fourth Realm

  • The Traveler (New York: Doubleday, 2005) [Fourth Realm: hb/Michael J Windsor]
  • The Dark River (New York: Doubleday, 2007) [Fourth Realm: hb/Michael J Windsor]
  • The Golden City (New York: Doubleday, 2009) [Fourth Realm: hb/Michael J Windsor]

individual titles

  • Spark (New York: Doubleday, 2014) [hb/Michael J Windsor]


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