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Wells, Angus

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(1943-2006) UK author, previously a paperbacks editor, most of whose novels were seventy-five Westerns as by William S Brady, Matthew Kirk, Charles L Pike, James A Muir and J D Sandon, all published from 1975 to 1985; most of his remaining production was fantasy. Under the House Name Richard Kirk, which he shared with Robert P Holdstock, he contributed to the Raven fantasy series Swordsmistress of Chaos (1978) with Holdstock and, solo, The Frozen Gods (1978) and A Time of Dying (1979). Under his own name he wrote the Book of the Kingdoms sequence beginning with Wrath of Ashar (1988), the Godwars sequence beginning with Forbidden Magic (1991) and the Exiles sequence beginning with Exile's Children (1995), all of which are fantasy, as is the strong standalone novel Lords of the Sky (1994). As Ian Evans, he wrote Star Maidens (1977), an sf television Tie.

Wells is of sf interest primarily for his anonymous editing of a series of Best of collections presenting various sf authors to UK readers; titles included The Best of Isaac Asimov (coll 1973), The Best of Arthur C. Clarke 1937-1971 (coll 1973), The Best of Robert Heinlein (coll 1973), The Best of John Wyndham (coll 1973), The Best of Fritz Leiber (coll 1974), The Best of A.E. van Vogt (coll 1974), The Best of Frank Herbert (coll 1975) and The Best of Clifford D. Simak (coll 1975). [JC]

Angus Ian Wells

born Bromley, Kent: 26 March 1943

died Nottingham, Nottinghamshire: 11 April 2006




For further titles in this series, see Robert Holdstock.

Book of the Kingdoms

  • Wrath of Ashar (London: Michael Joseph, 1988) [Book of the Kingdoms: hb/]
  • The Usurper (London: Sphere Books, 1989) [Book of the Kingdoms: pb/uncredited]
  • The Way Beneath (London: Orbit, 1990) [Book of the Kingdoms: pb/Geoff Taylor]


  • Forbidden Magic (London: Orbit, 1991) [Godwars: pb/Geoff Taylor]
  • Dark Magic (New York: Bantam Books, 1992) [Godwars: pb/Kevin Tweddell]
  • Wild Magic (New York: Bantam Books, 1993) [Godwars: pb/Kevin Tweddell]


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