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Wentworth, K D

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1951-2012) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Daddy's Girls" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V (anth 1989) edited by A J Budrys; for several years before her death after a long illness that affected her writing career, Wentworth herself edited this Original Anthology series, beginning with L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXV: The Year's Twelve Best Tales from the Writers of the Future International Writers' Program (anth 2009).

Wentworth's first series, the Moonspeaker sequence beginning with Moonspeaker (1994), is fantasy. In the Jao Empire sequence beginning with The Course of Empire (2003) with Eric Flint, a successful Invasion of Earth leads to a rule by Aliens, the stability of this relationship eventually threatened by a third civilization; an expansive Space Opera War breaks out, with new Weapons accelerating the action. The young protagonist of the Heyoka Blackeagle, having been rescued from Slavery by a human trader active on his home planet, must discover the secrets underlying his Identity while simultaneously gaining seniority in various interplanetary conflicts (see Military SF). The Imperium Game (1994), a Near Future singleton, is set in a restricted enclave, where gamers enter into gladiatorial conflicts, with Robot buddies/foes complicating the action, in a narrative that at points echoes Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973). Her second singleton, This Fair Land (2002), is set in an Alternate World eighteenth century Oklahoma, where the Magic powers of Native Americans prove to be genuine, deeply threatening the encroaching white settlers. [JC]

Kathy Diane Wentworth

born Tulsa, Oklahoma: 27 January 1951

died Tulsa, Oklahoma: 18 April 2012



House of Moons Chronicles

Heyoka Blackeagle

  • Black on Black (New York: Baen Books, 1999) [Heyoka Blackeagle: pb/Patrick Turner]
  • Stars over Stars (New York: Baen Books, 2001) [Heyoka Blackeagle: pb/Patrick Turner]

Jao Empire

individual titles

collections and stories

  • Born-Again (no place given: Fictionwise, 2006) [story: ebook: first appeared May 2005 Magazine: na/Catska Erich and Cory Erich]

works as editor


Writers of the Future


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