Chester, Deborah A

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(1957-    ) US author whose earlier work was written as by Jay D Blakeney or as by Sean Dalton, but who has published under her own name since 1996. Her Anthi sequence – The Children of Anthi (1985) and Requiem for Anthi (1990), written as by Jay D Blakeney – aroused some interest. It is a far-reaching and moderately complex vision of humanity's future Evolution, guided by the eponymous AI, into a form that is half-flesh and half-electronics. Set on a heavily populated galactic stage, the sequence demonstrates Chester's sensitivity to the potential differentness from 1990 of so multifarious a venue. Two further Blakeney singletons, The Omcri Matrix (1987) and The Goda War (1989), are less remarkable.

Chester seemed to be a writer to watch with some interest, but the Operation Space Hawks/Operation StarHawks sf adventures, all written as by Sean Dalton – beginning with Space Hawks (1990) and ending with Operation StarHawks #6: The Salukan Gambit (1992) – were seriously undemanding. Somewhat more interestingly, the Time/Trap sequence as by Dalton – starting with Time/Trap (1992), and concluding with Termination (1995) begins with a man from the future trapped in fourteenth-century Greece, and carries him through various familiar venues up to the present, fighting doubles and other villains en route. Most of her later titles as Chester make up fantasy series, with the exception of the Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles sequence comprising Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles: The Golden One (1998), Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles: The Crimson Claw (1998) and Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles: The Crystal Eye (1999), all based on an unmade film. [JC]

Deborah Ann Chester

born Chicago, Illinois: 25 April 1957

died

works

as by Jay D Blakeney

series

The Children of Anthi

  • The Children of Anthi (New York: Ace Books, 1989) as by Jay D Blakeney [The Children of Anthi: pb/Griesbach and Martucci]
  • Requiem for Anthi (New York: Ace Books, 1990) as by Jay D Blakeney [The Children of Anthi: pb/Griebach and Martucci]

individual titles

  • The Omcri Matrix (New York: Ace Books, 1987) as by Jay D Blakeney [pb/Neal McPheeters]
  • The Goda War (New York: Ace Books, 1989) as by Jay D Blakeney [pb/Richard Hescox]

as by Sean Dalton

series

Operation Space Hawks/Operation StarHawks

Time/Trap

  • Time/Trap (New York: Ace Books, 1992) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Dorian Vallejo]
  • Time/Trap: Showdown (New York: Ace Books, 1992) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Dorian Vallejo]
  • Time/Trap: Pieces of Eight (New York: Ace Books, 1992) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Glenn Orbik]
  • Restoration (New York: Ace Books, 1994) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Duane O Myers]
  • Turncoat (New York: Ace Books, 1994) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Duane O Myers]
  • Termination (New York: Ace Books, 1995) as by Sean Dalton [Time/Trap: pb/Duane O Myers]

individual titles

as Deborah A Chester

series

Ruby Throne

  • Reign of Shadows (New York: Ace Books, 1996) [Ruby Throne: pb/Mary Jo Phallen]
  • Shadow War (New York: Ace Books, 1997) [Ruby Throne: pb/Mary Jo Phallen]
  • Realm of Light (New York: Ace Books, 1997) [Ruby Throne: pb/Mary Jo Phallen]

Alien Chronicles

The Sword, the Ring, and the Chalice

The Pearls and the Crown

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