(1933-2008) US physicist, engineer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the spoofish Lost World spy adventure "The City of Ul Chalan" for Analog in July 1973. His first novel was The Demon in the Mirror (1978) with Andrew J Offutt, opening the collaborative Fantasy trilogy War of the Wizards. Also with Offutt, Lyon published several short fantasy tales and the sf serial "Rails Across the Galaxy" (August, September and Mid-September 1982 Analog), in which energy-starved Earth in the Near Future of 1996 undergoes First Contact with a galactic civilization whose interstellar Transportation consists of literal trains crossing space on laser "rails"; this has not been assembled in book form. A selection of solo short stories is Tales from the Lyonheart (coll 2007). [DRL]
see also: Bewildering Stories; Theaker's Quarterly Fiction.
Richard Kenneth Lyon
born Cleveland, Ohio: 22 December 1933
died Fargo, North Dakota: 21 November 2008
War of the Wizards
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