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Yep, Laurence

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(1948-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Selchey Kids" for If in February 1968; one story, "In a Sky of Daemons" (in Protostars, anth 1971, ed David Gerrold and Stephen Goldin) appeared as by L Yep. Most of his books have been written for children or Young Adults, including the sf Sweetwater (1973) – his first novel, set in a dying city on a strange planet – and the highly successful Dragonwings (1975), a non-sf story about the lives of Chinese-Americans that won several awards in the field; Child of the Owl (1977), The Star Fisher (1991) and Dragon's Gate (1995) are also about Chinese-Americans in various eras of US history. His first fantasy series, the Shimmer and Thorn sequence – Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982), Dragon Steel (1985), Dragon Cauldron (1991) and Dragon War (1992) – as well as Monster Makers, Inc. (1986), which is about Genetic Engineering, were also for children; The Rainbow People (coll 1989) assembles juvenile stories rewritten from Chinese-American folktales. Throughout these books a melancholy sensitivity is generally permitted to discover material for quiet affirmation, and Yep's own Chinese-American background can be easily discerned, especially when Aliens are being treated. His memoir The Lost Garden (1991) directly relates the experience of growing up in 1950s San Francisco.

Yep's first adult sf novel, Seademons (1977), tells of colonists on another world and of their relation to the beings there (see Colonization of Other Worlds), evoking an atmosphere of strangeness in a nuanced prose. His second is a Star Trek tie, The Shadow Lord (1985). Further young-adult fantasy series are The Tiger's Apprentice, opening with The Tiger's Apprentice (2003), and the City Trilogy, opening with City of Fire (2009); the latter is set in an Alternate World where history took another course, World War Two failed to happen, and Magic works. [JC/DRL/PN]

see also: Arts; Music.

Laurence Michael Yep

born San Francisco, California: 14 June 1948



Shimmer and Thorn

The Tiger's Apprentice

  • The Tiger's Apprentice (New York: HarperCollins, 2003) [The Tiger's Apprentice: hb/Winslow Pels]
  • Tiger's Blood (New York: HarperCollins, 2005) [The Tiger's Apprentice: hb/Greg Call]
  • Tiger Magic (New York: HarperCollins, 2006) [The Tiger's Apprentice: hb/Greg Call]

City Trilogy

  • City of Fire (New York: Tor/Starscape, 2009) [City Trilogy: hb/Joshua Middleton]
  • City of Ice (New York: Tor/Starscape, 2011) [City Trilogy: hb/John Rowe]
  • City of Death (New York: Tor/Starscape, 2013) [City Trilogy: hb/Yuta Onoda]


individual titles

collections and stories


  • The Lost Garden (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Simon and Schuster, 1991) [nonfiction: hb/]


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