(1938-1991) US author of three Planetary Romances – all set on the planet Naphar – whose richly layered Fantasy surface conceals much sf underpinning: Naphar's poisonous environment has an sf explanation; the planet has been colonized by humans who interbred with the native race; and contacts with galactic civilization remain active. Quarreling, They Met the Dragon (1984) describes the coming to adulthood of an escaped slave. Journey to Membliar (1987) and its immediate sequel Burning Tears of Sassurum (1988) comprise a quest tale culminating in dynastic revelations in the capital city. [JC]
see also: Great and Small.
Sharon Sklensky Baker
born San Francisco, California: 10 May 1938
died Seattle, Washington: 4 June 1991
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