(1952- ) US author who began publishing genre material with two Graphic Novels based on the work of C J Cherryh: Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (graph 1987) and Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (graph 1988). Fancher was credited with artwork on #13-#16 of the Elfquest comic-book series by Wendy and Richard Pini, published by Donning's Starblaze imprint; her name was removed from the credits of the revised graphic-novel version issued by Marvel Epic. On her own, Fancher wrote the Cantrell sequence of Space Operas set in a Cherryhesque habitat-dominated Galaxy – Groundties (1991), Uplink (1992) and Harmonies of the 'Net (1992) – and featuring the protagonist's attempts to deal with a Computer-generated crisis on a colony planet inhabited by the descendants of Native Americans. The tales are high-pitched in tone, complex and promising. The Dance of the Rings sequence, beginning with Ring of Lightning (1995), is fantasy: the rings are magical.
More recently Fancher has collaborated with C J Cherryh on Alliance Rising (2019), set in Cherryh's Alliance-Union sequence and opening the new subseries Alliance-Union: Hinder Stars; this novel won a Prometheus Award. [JC]
Jane Suzanne Fancher
born USA: 24 October 1952
Dance of the Rings
Alliance-Union: Hinder Stars
- Alliance Rising (New York: DAW Books, 2019) with C J Cherryh [Alliance-Union: Hinder Stars: hb/Michah Epstein]
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