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Zeddies, Ann Tonsor

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1951-    ) US author whose Deathgift sequence covers considerable ground in its two volumes. Deathgift (1989), though not technically a Pocket-Universe tale, embodies a fundamental rhythm of constriction and release through the story of a young boy abandoned to the Native-American-like tribes that mediate among the medieval cities which surround them, and who only later is subject to a Conceptual Breakthrough, discovering that his "world" is a "neutral zone" on a planet torn by interstellar strife. The story then becomes Military SF, very competently managed; Sky Road (1993), intriguingly mixes sf hardware (there are several setpiece battles between natives and the invasive enemy) and a move toward reconciliation (after the revenge-choked thinning of the narrative in volume one) more typical of fantasy. Her second series – the Typhon sequence comprising Typhon's Children (1999) and Riders of Leviathan (2001), both as by Toni Anzetti, plus Steel Helix (2003) – tracks the consequence of ambitious Genetic Engineering projects, moving from the constrictive Space Habitat in Steel Helix (a prequel to the previously published volumes) where Clone warriors are unleashed but turn out to be educable, to the water planet featured in the main sequence. Blood and Roses: A Jayne Taylor Novel (2005) is set in an Alternate World version of the twentieth century after World War One, with a female secret agent combating the threat of an Alien Invasion. [JC]

Ann Tonsor Zeddies

born USA: 23 January 1951




  • Deathgift (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1989) [Deathgift: pb/Chuck Gillis]
  • Sky Road (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1993) [Deathgift: pb/David Mattingly]


  • Typhon's Children (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1999) as by Toni Anzetti [Typhon: pb/Kazuhiko Sano]
  • Riders of Leviathan (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2001) as by Toni Anzetti [Typhon: pb/Dean Williams]
  • Steel Helix (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2003) [Typhon: pb/John Dismukes]

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