Duncan, Dave

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Working name of Scottish-born petroleum geologist and author David John Duncan (1933-    ), in Canada from 1955, a citizen from 1960; he also writes as by Sarah B Franklin and Ken Hood. His earlier singleton novels inclined mostly to sf. The first, A Rose-Red City (1987), complicatedly puts its twentieth-century protagonist into a walled Utopia, where demons (and the Minotaur) oppose his attempts to extract Ariadne from the world. Shadow (1987) is a Science-Fantasy tale of dynasties in trouble on a strange planet "light-years hence". West of January (1989) is a crowded Planetary Romance set on a world whose day and orbit are of approximately the same duration and in which a not particularly attractive hero – his name is Knobil and, as the book is at times comical in intent, the K can be assumed silent – has adventures all day long, some of which carry subtle stings in their tails. Strings (1990), also sf, features a significantly naive protagonist caught up in events the book's readers understand better than he, as a desperately terminal Earth must be escaped, via superstring transport, and a princess must be succoured. Duncan's work has all the flamboyance of tales written strictly for escape, but (as has been noted by critics) never for long allows his readers to forget what kind of problems he is inviting them to dodge. His most virtuoso passages seem almost brazenly to dance with despair. Two much later novels are sf: Pock's World (2010), set on a planet threatened by quarantine and possible destruction because of an infestation of Alien stock, which proves to have been Genetically Engineered from the human genome; and Wildcatter (2012), about prospectors for exploitable planets in interstellar space (here called The Big Nothing), and their attempts to outsmart giant corporations from Earth.

Over his career, Duncan has increasingly concentrated on fantasy; his several series are fantasy [see Checklist below], as is his work under pseudonyms [see Checklist below]. [JC]

David John Duncan

born Newport-on-Tay, Scotland: 30 June 1933

died

works

series

Seventh Sword

Working name of Scottish-born petroleum geologist and author David John Duncan (1933-    ), in Canada from 1955, a citizen from 1960; he also writes as by Sarah B Franklin and Ken Hood. His earlier singleton novels inclined mostly to sf. The first, A Rose-Red City (1987), complicatedly puts its twentieth-century protagonist into a walled Utopia, where demons (and the Minotaur) oppose his attempts to extract Ariadne from the world. Shadow (1987) is a Science-Fantasy tale of dynasties in trouble on a strange planet "light-years hence". West of January (1989) is a crowded Planetary Romance set on a world whose day and orbit are of approximately the same duration and in which a not particularly attractive hero – his name is Knobil and, as the book is at times comical in intent, the K can be assumed silent – has adventures all day long, some of which carry subtle stings in their tails. Strings (1990), also sf, features a significantly naive protagonist caught up in events the book's readers understand better than he, as a desperately terminal Earth must be escaped, via superstring transport, and a princess must be succoured. Duncan's work has all the flamboyance of tales written strictly for escape, but (as has been noted by critics) never for long allows his readers to forget what kind of problems he is inviting them to dodge. His most virtuoso passages seem almost brazenly to dance with despair. Two much later novels are sf: Pock's World (2010), set on a planet threatened by quarantine and possible destruction because of an infestation of Alien stock, which proves to have been Genetically Engineered from the human genome; and Wildcatter (2012), about prospectors for exploitable planets in interstellar space (here called The Big Nothing), and their attempts to outsmart giant corporations from Earth.

Over his career, Duncan has increasingly concentrated on fantasy; his several series are fantasy [see Checklist below], as is his work under pseudonyms [see Checklist below]. [JC]

David John Duncan

born Newport-on-Tay, Scotland: 30 June 1933

died

works

series

Seventh Sword

  • The Reluctant Swordsman (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1988) [Seventh Sword: pb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • The Coming of Wisdom (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1988) [Seventh Sword: pb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • The Destiny of the Sword (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1988) [Seventh Sword: pb/Romas Kukalis]
  • The Death of Nnanji (New York: E-Reads, 2012) [Seventh Sword: pb/]

Man of his Word

  • Magic Casement (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1990) [Man of his Word: pb/Don Maitz]
  • Faery Lands Forlorn (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1991) [Man of his Word: pb/Don Maitz]
  • Perilous Seas (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1991) [Man of his Word: pb/Don Maitz]
  • Emperor and Clown (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1992) [Man of his Word: pb/Don Maitz]

Handful of Men

  • The Cutting Edge (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1992) [Handful of Men: hb/Jim Burns]
  • Upland Outlaws (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1993) [Handful of Men: hb/Jim Burns]
  • The Stricken Field (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1993) [Handful of Men: hb/Jim Burns]
  • The Living God (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1994) [Handful of Men: hb/Jim Burns]

The Great Game

  • Past Imperative: Round One of the Great Game (New York: Morrow/AvoNova, 1995) [The Great Game: hb/Matt Stawicki]
  • Present Tense: Round Two of the Great Game (New York: Avon Books, 1996) [The Great Game: hb/Matt Stawicki]
  • Future Indefinite: Round Three of the Great Game (New York: Avon Books, 1997) [The Great Game: hb/Matt Stawicki]
    • The Great Game (New York: Science Fiction Book Club, 1998) [omni of the above three: The Great Game: hb/Matt Stawicki]

The Years of Longdirk

  • Demon Sword (New York: HarperPrism, 1995) as by Ken Hood [The Years of Longdirk: pb/Jean François Podevin]
  • Demon Rider (New York: HarperPrism, 1997) as by Ken Hood [The Years of Longdirk: pb/Donato Giancola]
  • Demon Knight (New York: HarperPrism, 1998) as by Ken Hood [The Years of Longdirk: pb/Donato Giancola]

Tales of the King's Blade

  • The Gilded Chain: A Tale of the King's Blades (New York: Avon Eos, 1998) [Tales of the King's Blade: hb/Hal Just]
  • Lord of the Fire Lands (New York: Avon Eos, 1999) [Tales of the King's Blade: hb/Paul Robinson]
  • Sky of Swords (New York: Avon Eos, 2000) [Tales of the King's Blade: hb/Boris Zlotsky]
  • Paragon Lost (New York: HarperCollins Eos, 2002) [Tales of the King's Blade: Chronicles of the King's Blade: hb/Stephen Hickman]
  • Impossible Odds (New York: HarperCollins Eos, 2003) [Tales of the King's Blade: Chronicles of the King's Blade: hb/Paul Robinson]
  • The Jaguar Knights (New York: HarperCollins Eos, 2004) [Tales of the King's Blade: Chronicles of the King's Blade: hb/Paul Robinson]

The King's Daggers

  • Sir Stalwart: Book One of the King's Daggers (New York: Avon Books, 1999) [The King's Daggers: pb/Patrick Whelan]
  • Crooked House: Book Two of the King's Daggers (New York: Avon Books, 2000) [The King's Daggers: pb/Patrick Whelan]
  • Silvercloak: Book Three of the King's Daggers (New York: Avon Books, 2001) [The King's Daggers: pb/Patrick Whelan]
  • The Monster War: A Tale of the King's Blades (no place given: e-reads.com, 2010) [omni of the above three: The King's Daggers: pb/]

Chaos

  • Children of Chaos (New York: Tor, 2006) [not to be confused with the Chaos novels by Charles C Wright in the same year from the same publisher: Chaos: hb/Daniel Dos Santos]
  • Mother of Lies (New York: Tor, 2007) [Chaos: hb/Daniel Dos Santos]

Nostradamus

  • The Alchemist's Apprentice (New York: Ace Books, 2007) [Nostradamus: pb/Jim Griffin]
  • The Alchemist's Code (New York: Ace Books, 2008) [Nostradamus: pb/Jim Griffin]
  • The Alchemist's Pursuit (New York: Ace Books, 2009) [Nostradamus: pb/Jim Griffin]

The Brothers Magnus

  • Speak to the Devil (New York: Tor, 2010) [The Brother Magnus: hb/Matt Stawicki]
  • When the Saints (New York: Tor, 2011) [The Brother Magnus: hb/Matt Stawicki]

Starfolk

  • King of Swords (Las Vegas, Nevada: 47North, 2013) [Starfolk: pb/]
  • Queen of Stars (Las Vegas, Nevada: 47North, 2013) [Starfolk: pb/Chase Stone]

individual titles

  • A Rose-Red City (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1987) [pb/]
  • Shadow (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1987) [pb/Darrell K Sweet]
  • West of January (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1989) [pb/]
  • Strings (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1990) [pb/Neal McPheeters]
  • Hero! (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1991) [pb/Kevin Joyce]
  • The Reaver Road (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1992) [pb/Romas Kukalis]
  • The Cursed (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1995) [pb/David A Cherry]
  • The Hunters' Haunt (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 1995) [pb/Romas Kukalis]
  • Daughter of Troy: A Novel of History, Valor and Love (New York: Avon Books, 1998) as by Sarah B Franklin [pb/Don Demers]
  • Ill Met in the Arena (New York: Tor, 2008) [hb/E M Gist]
  • Pock's World (Calgary, Alberta: Hades Publications/Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2010) [pb/Doug Levitt]
  • Wildcatter (Calgary, Alberta: Hades Publications/Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2012) [pb/Ralph Kermunski]
  • Against the Light (Las Vegas, Nevada: 47North, 2012) [pb/]
  • The Eye of Strife (Neustadt, Ontario: Five Rivers Chapmanry, 2015) [pb/]
  • Irona 700 (New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2015) [pb/]

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