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Janet Morris

Janet Morris(1946- )
Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

Tales of the Sacred Band of Stepsons

Tales of the Sacred Band of Stepsons — (2010-2013) Many of these are stories and novellas reprinted from the THIEVES WORLD anthologies. Publisher: The Sacred Band of Thebes lives on, a world away, in this mythic epic of love in war in ancient times. In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, Tempus and his Stepson cavalry rescue twenty three pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired brothers and lovers, to fight on other days. These forty-six Thebans, whose bones will never lie in the mass grave that holds their two hundred and fifty-four brothers, join with the immortalized Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons, consummate ancient cavalry fighters, to make new lives in a faraway land and fight the battle of their dreams where gods walk the earth, ghosts take the field, and the angry Fates demand their due. Parts of this work have been published in substantially similar form in several volumes of the Shared Universe Series, Thieves World®.

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A Man and His God by Janet Morris

In A Man and His God, by Janet E. Morris, Tempus brings his Sacred Band of Stepsons to Sanctuary, a city in the midst of preparations for war.  Tempus is a tough man to kill, one who has watched severed limbs return as his god, Vaschanka, heals him. Though their relationship is not always so smooth that he can afford to take Vashanka’s intervention for granted, Tempus is one soldier that Prince Kadakithis cannot afford to offend as they prepare to improve Sanctuary’s defenses.

For some fantasy readers, the presence of a sacred band alone will be reason enough to seek out A Man and His God, a novella that was first written in 1981 and that is now being rereleased. The Sacred Band of Stepsons is an elite band that has appeared in THIEVES’ WORLD, a shared universe that has attracted writers like Read More

More speculative fiction by Janet Morris

Silistra — (1977-1979) Returning Creation is also called High Couch of Silistra. Publisher: Her sensuality was at the core of her world. Her quest was in galaxies beyond the civilized stars. Somewhere deep in the heavens of a terribly distant tomorrow was the one man whose will conquered her own. The amazing and erotic adventures of the most beautiful courtesan in tomorrow’s universe.

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Kerrion Empire — (1980-1982) Publisher: Shebat came to the empire of the Kerrions from nowhere , brought by a renegade son into that vast family regime and its endless territorial possessions. Now she stood to inherit the majesty and riches which lay before her , stretching enticingly deep into the infinities of space. Magical seductress of men, passionate in her lust for power, she moved among those who controlled the destinies of millions, for whom treachery and betrayal were as easy as murder.

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Threshold — (1990-1994) With Chris Morris. PW: Threshold is a space habitat between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter with a population of a quarter million. Run by a latter-day United Nations, one of its duties is to keep humans off of Earth, now a preserve. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims from other systems are not pleased at being kept from Mecca. Their leader’s daughter decides to experience Threshold’s decadent (to her) society with the heir to a powerful exploration corporation, who is also smuggling illegal life forms into the habitat, thus threatening the stability of a conference on the rights of nonhuman races and ALIs — Artificial Living Individuals which the Muslims treat as they do their women: like property. Captain Joseph South, on a test flight through interstellar spongespace, is translated 500 years into our future to arrive at Threshold just as all this is occurring. He has strange memories of a fly-by of system X-3, which match up with visions from an artifact brought to Threshold by a prospector. The authors ( Outpassage ) tie up the other plots nicely, but leave aliens on X-3 to lead in to the next books in their trilogy.

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fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThe 40-Minute War — (1984) With Chris Morris. PW: After Washington DC is vaporized by a nuclear surface blast, Mar Beck, wonder boy of the American foreign service, prevails on Ashmead, covert action chief, to help him fly two batches of anticancer serum from Israel to the Houston White House. From the moment they establish their gritty relationship, life is filled with treachery and terror for Beck (who) must deal with one cliffhanger after another during the desperate days that follow. This novel shocks us with a sudden, satisfying ending.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews


Afterwar — (1985) Publisher: Is there time for a new beginning?


fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsMedusa — (1986) With Chris Morris. Publisher: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. In West Berlin. Amy Brecker, an American intelligence officer, takes a chance on a walk-in informant who says the Soviets are going to cripple America’s spacebased defense program. Fram a Soviet silo on the Sea of Japan, a single missle rises. A hotline communique from Moscoe insists that a mistake has been made; the Soviets are doing everything in their power to abort the “test” flight. Deep inside Cheyenne Mountain at the Aerospace Defense Command Center, all eyes watch its trajectory: a collision course with America’s manned space lab. If the U.S. choses to intercept and destroy the Russian missile, the attempt must not end in failure… the future of America’s entire space-based defense hangs in the balance. Only one U.S. anti-satellite weapon can foil the opening gambit of what might be a Soviet Furst Strike- and only my Brecker and her “hot stick” pilot have enough of the Roght Stuff to use MEDUSA.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews


Warlord! — (1987) Publisher: It’s a vital strategic defense plan… a code name for death from the skies…


Outpassage by Janet MorrisOutpassage — (1988) With Chris Morris. Publisher: Sargeant “Det” Cox has just spent three years under psych observation on Earth; now that he’s out-system, he isn’t about to tell anyone he’s seeing aliens again. Paige Barnett has lost everything, even her name, because she knows too much about the rebellion spreading throughout the Earth-Space mining colonies. Together Cox and Barnett stumble upon the mystery at the revolution’s heart and learn why the rebels are willing to die for it. Is their discovery mankind’s worst threat or greatest gift? The authorities are willing to destroy whole planets to keep the revolution’s secret from reaching Earth … What’s to stop them from destroying two people?


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ARC Riders — (1995-1996) With Janet Morris. Publisher: Reactionary 23rd-century terrorists will change history unless the elite Anti-Revision Command, the ARC Riders, aided by war veteran Maj. Rebecca Carnes, can find them. In a manhunt that ranges from the 26th century to 50,000 B.C., the ARC Riders must stop the killing before they lose their one chance to untie the fatal knots of time.

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Stand-alones:

David Drake The Forlorn Hope, Birds of Prey, Killer, Active MeasuresActive Measures — (1985) With Janet Morris. Publisher: The year is 1999. CIA agent Larry Fox has stumbled onto the most frightening espionage plot in U.S. history. The president of the United States is a soviet agent – and no one but Fox, running for his life in Istanbul, can take the truth to Washington. Fox realizes that what he has discovered makes terrifying sense. Around the world U.S. forces are abandoning allies while Soviet power and influence reaches new heights. The nascent U.S. Space Command leads the retreat from space. Whites enroll their children in neo-Nazi organizations and turn their communities into armed camps while blacks demand outright ownership south of the Mason-Dixon line. Fox is America’s only hope, and Fox doesn’t have any hope at all…


David Drake The Forlorn Hope, Birds of Prey, Killer, Active Measures, Lacey and His Friends, Kill RatioKill Ratio — (1987) With Janet Morris. Publisher: Space was man’s last frontier. Will it be his final background?

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Target — (1989) With Janet Morris. Publisher: When an extraterrestrial visitor lands on the moon seeking political asylum, everyone is caught up in studying the creature — while the alien’s hunters follow close behind, ready to kill anything that stands in their way.