Gear, Kathleen O'Neal

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(1954-    ) US author with extensive training in American prehistory; married to W Michael Gear from 1982. Her first sf, the Powers of Light trilogy – An Abyss of Light (1990), Treasure of Light (1991) and Redemption of Light (1991) – was published as by Kathleen M O'Neal. With an occasionally oppressive relentlessness about the moral and theological issues involved, it presents an intergalactic conflict between humans and the Alien Magistrates who have established a coercive "peace" in terms inescapably evocative of the Jewish experience during the twentieth century; moments of awkwardness failed to muffle the impressive intensity of the long tale. Her singletons are usually straightforward historicals set in the American West.

Writing now as Kathleen O'Neal Gear, she wrote the First North Americans Prehistoric SF sequence, beginning with People of the Wolf (1990) with W Michael Gear, whose fifteen volumes (as of 2008) cover much of the prehistory of North America. A second sequence with her husband, the Anasazi Mysteries – comprising The Visitant (1999) with W Michael Gear, The Summoning Angel (2000) with Gear and Bone Walker (2001) with Gear – are horror tales argued with touches of sf-like Anthropology. Her Black Falcon series of prehistoric tales, beginning with It Sleeps in Me (2005), are supernaturals with ghosts.

Gear's solo singletons have been straightforward historicals set in the American West, though Dark Inheritance (2001) with W Michael Gear, deals with a Genetically Engineered bonobo, and Raising Abel (2002) with W Michael Gear also deals with Genetic Engineering – this time involving the breeding of a Neanderthal child – in a thriller context. [JC]

Kathleen Myrtle O'Neal Gear

born Tulare, California: 29 October 1954




Powers of Light

People of the Wolf

People of the Wolf: People of the Longhouse

People of the Wolf: Morning Star

People of the Wolf: North America's Forgotten Past

Anasazi Mysteries

  • The Visitant (New York: Tor/Forge, 1999) with W Michael Gear [Anasazi Mysteries: hb/]
  • The Summoning God (New York: Tor/Forge, 2000) with W Michael Gear [Anasazi Mysteries: hb/]
  • Bone Walker (New York: Tor/Forge, 2001) with W Michael Gear [Anasazi Mysteries: hb/]

Black Falcon

  • It Sleeps in Me (New York: Tor/Forge, 2005) [Black Falcon: hb/Vince Natale]
  • It Wakes in Me (New York: Tor/Forge, 2006) [Black Falcon: hb/Vince Natale]
  • It Dreams in Me (New York: Tor/Forge, 2007) [Black Falcon: hb/Vince Natale]


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