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Lawrence Watt-Evans fantasy author(1954- )
Lawrence Watt Evans grew up as one of six kids in a big old Victorian house rumored to be haunted. Watt-Evans was an Active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1982 to 2006, and has served as Eastern Regional Director and treasurer. He was nominated for the 1987 Nebula Award for short story. He received the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo award for best short story in 1988, for ”Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers.” He served as president of the Horror Writers Association from 1994 to 1996 and after leaving that office was the recipient of HWA’s first service award ever. He gained considerable experience in administrative work in HWA, but does not intend to do anything similar in the future unless adequately paid. He is part-owner of Beyond Comics, a comic book shop in Gaithersburg, MD. He has also worked as a professional researcher, and would be pleased to repeat the experience. He has taught at various writing workshops, and has been an instructor at Viable Paradise on Martha’s Vineyard, and at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more at Lawrence Watt-Evans‘s website.

The Obisidian Chronicles

The Obisidian Chronicles —  (1999-2003) Publisher: Arlian had never left his home village in the Obsidian Mountains. The green hills, white peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known of life, and though he dreamed of travel and adventure, he knew deep in his heart that he would probably never leave.Until the dragon weather came. Incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark and angry clouds… and dragons. Dragons with no feelings, no empathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except Arlian.Orphaned and alone, Arlian the child is captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Seven years later Arlian the man escapes, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers that took his youth away — and a personal vow to exact retribution from those who have wronged him.As Arlian makes his way through life, he is obsessed with the concept of justice, and that obsession informs every task, every decision. Even Black, the man he befriends and grows to love as a brother, has little influence against Arlian’s obsession. His entire life has one purpose, and one purpose only: to mete out justice. But can one righteous man change the entire world for the better? Or is he doomed by his own actions to become as unjust as those he seeks to destroy?

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The Fall of the Sorcerers

The Fall of the Sorcerers — (2009-2010) Publisher: Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of the acclaimed Legends of Ethshar and Worlds of Shadows novels invites readers to embark on a rollicking journey in a brand-new fantasy series. Anrel Murau is a scholar, a young man with no magical ability even though he is the son of two powerful sorcerers. Anrel’s lack of talent bars him from the ruling classes, but he is content to be a simple clerk. Upon returning to his childhood home after years of study in the capital, Anrel finds his friends and family held under the thumb of the corrupt local lord. When this lord murders a dear friend, Anrel finds that although he’s not a sorcerer, he is not without other means to demand justice. If he can survive life on the run, that is. Carrying only his sword, a few coins, and his wit, Anrel must leave behind everything he has ever known, trust himself to unexpected allies, and outmaneuver leagues of enemies who will stop at nothing to keep his dangerous ideas from ever being heard. Magic and intrigue collide in a swashbuckling tale of daring escapes, beautiful witches, and one quiet young man’s rise to hero — or traitor. Nothing will ever be simple for Anrel again, as his personal quest may provide more peril for those he holds dear.

Lawrence Watt-Evans The Fall of the Sorcerers 1. A Young Man Without Magic 2. Above His Proper Station

A Young Man Without Magic: I feel like I have been punished

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A Young Man Without Magic by Lawrence Watt-Evans

A Young Man Without Magic seems to be set in 17th century Europe with characters who could have fallen right out of an Alexandre Dumas novel. So, if you liked The Count of Monte Cristo and think a novel like that with magic added would be great, then A Young Man Without Magic would seem to be a good choice. There is a problem, though… there is no Edmond in this book.

Anrel Murau is a young man without magical talent growing up in an imperial setting where sorcerers are the aristocracy and all others are simply cattle to be cared for. While there are rules under which they have to operate, sorcerers are lightly constrained as long as they can justify how what they are doing is for the greater good. The unmagical masses seem ripe for revolt. Read More

Above His Proper Station: Finally a reason to care

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Above His Proper Station by Lawrence Watt-Evans

After I finished A Young Man Without Magic, I didn’t know how Lawrence Watt-Evans was going to salvage this series. The main character, Anrel Murau, was so inconsistent and indifferent that I loathed him. In Above His Proper Station, Lawrence Watt-Evans finally gives us a reason to care.

Anrel Murau’s one redeeming characteristic is his high moral standards. When it comes to standing his ground and choosing right from wrong, he is willing to sacrifice his own comfort and security. That’s noble of him, but the problem is that Anrel can’t seem to match the determination to do something with the right moment to act.

The Walasian Empire is in the midst of a complete revolt. Anrel, as an unintentional instigator, has fled to the capital city of Lume to seek aid after his ... Read More

More speculative fiction by Lawrence Watt-Evans

The Lords of Dûs — (1980-1984) Publisher: The overman named Garth sought immortal fame. The oracle told him to serve the Forgotten King to get that fame. But this King sent Garth after a basilisk whose gaze could turn men to stone. What sane use could anyone have for a monster like that?

Individual novels:                                                                                                             Omnibus:
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War Surplus — (1982-1987) Publisher: The cyborg code-named “Slant” was sent out as an Independent Reconnaissance Unit during an interstellar war between Earth and its colonies. The fighting ended three hundred years ago, but Slant’s computer does not admit this — he is compelled to carry on as if the war were still raging. Then he comes across a planet where his sensors register ”gravitational anomalies.” The computer interprets these as enemy weapons research. The local inhabitants call the anomalies ”magic.”

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The Legends of Ethshar — (1985-2013) Each of the Ethshar novels can stand alone. Publisher: Ethshar and the Northern Empire have been at war for hundreds of years. Hardly anyone alive remembers why, or over what. The tempest, turmoil, and war are endless, and the killing more endless still. The war has become not just a way of life, but an institution; no one dares to dream that it could end. Not even Valder of Kardoret, Ethsharitic Scout, trapped behind enemy lines. But now everything has changed: at a moment of great need, a hermit wizard crafted Valder a magic sword called Wirikidor — a blade at once cursed and enchanted, a misenchanted blade that makes him unbeatable.

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Nightside City — (1989-2010) Publisher: Nightside City will die in the coming dawn — so why is someone trying to buy up the town? A blend of hard science fiction and hard-boiled film noir detective story. The far-side of tidally-locked Epimethus seemed like a good site for a city, far from the destroying rays of a dangerously close sun. But the planet actually is rotating and the value of property and life in Nightside City is rapidly depreciating. Detective Carlisle Hsing is one of the many left in town with insufficient funds to move off-planet. But … why is someone buying up all the doomed property? Is someone going to save the planet? Why keep it a secret? …

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Three Worlds — (1994-1996) Publisher: Pel Brown has troubles in his basement. But it’s not water leaking in — it’s magic. Sword-carrying barbarians are spilling through, demanding that Pel help them defeat Shadow, a dark force taking over their world. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a spaceship has crashed in Amy Jewell’s backyard, and the aliens want Amy’s help against the Shadow seeking to conquer their world. When Pel and Amy go through the basement portal into the world of magic, the Shadow attacks and traps them inside. Now Pel and Amy find themselves entangled in escapades that will make them into heroes… or corpses.

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The Annals of the Chosen — (2006-2008) Publisher: The Wizard Lord’s duty is to keep the world in its delicate balance. He must govern lightly to protect his domain from power-hungry interlopers, such as certain wizards who previously fought to rule the world…But if the Wizard Lord himself strays from the way of the just, then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen ones are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker. Each are magically-infused mortal individuals who, for the term of their service, have only one function — to be available to remove an errant Wizard Lord, whether by persuasion or by stronger means. Breaker, a young man of ambition, has taken the mantle of Swordsman from its former bearer who wished to retire. Never did he realize that he would be called to duty so quickly, or that the balance of power in his world would be so precarious. He had a duty to perform.  A world to save. So why does he still have doubts… not just about himself, but about the entire balance of power?

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Stand-alones and collections:

Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining SteelThe Chromosomal Code — (1984) Publisher: A sudden inexplicable ice age has driven Earth’s population into the tropics, except for a few die-hards eking out a tenuous existence scavenging the snow-covered ruins of civilization. One such straggler is John Starkman, making his home in the frozen wastes of western Pennsylvania. Already an outcast because of a certain physical peculiarity, he saw no reason to join his neighbors in fleeing south. Then one day a spaceship comes to collect him and the other stragglers, and Starkman discovers there have been other changes besides the ice age. Aliens have landed on Earth. They say they’ve come to help — but what do they REALLY want? And why are they interested in HIM? A science fiction novel by Hugo-winner Lawrence Watt-Evans, back in print for the first time in over twenty years. Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel


Shining Steel — (1986) Publisher: When John Mercy-of-Christ’s soldiers ran up against weapons like none they had ever seen before, John’s campaign to defeat the enemies of The True Word and Flesh came to a sudden halt. Once guns that could only come from Old Earth arrived, the doctrinal differences between his sect and the Chosen of the Holy Ghost had to be put to one side — for what other abominations might be in store? If the starships of Earth were to battle the swords of Godsworld, John was ready for that war. But what he wasn’t ready for was just how much the new war was going to change him.


Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel, Denner's WreckDenner’s Wreck — (1988) aka Among the Powers Publisher: “To the Land of the Immortals, deep within the Forbidden Grove, came Bredon the Hunter. Like all humans on the planet called Denner’s Wreck — survivors of an ancient catastrophe — he lived a peaceful, primitive existence. But unlike the others, he did not fear the newly arrived beings, said to be awesome gods. For as he penetrated their domain, he discovered the truth behind their extraordinary powers — their malicious tricks, petty feuds, deadly weapons… and evil designs on his innocent world.” The Nightmare People: The Next Step in the Evolution of Evil. Watt-Evans


The Nightmare People: The Next Step in the Evolution of Evil… — (1990) Publisher: One night Ed Smith thought he was having a waking nightmare when he saw a monstrous face at his window, but in the morning his neighbors were missing. The people who later turned up were not quite right, and gradually Smith realized they not only weren’t his neighbors, but weren’t even human — they were the creatures he had seen. Watt-Evans has created a terrifying new monster in the classic tradition of Frankenstein and Dracula!


Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel, Denner's Wreck, The Rebirth of Wonder The Rebirth of Wonder — (1992) Publisher: Art Dunham had worked in his father’s small-town theater all his life, and had never before seen anything like the group that rented it one summer. The Bringers of Wonder, as they called themselves, wanted to put on a single performance of a play called The Return of Magic — but is it a play, or something more? The Nightmare People: The Next Step in the Evolution of Evil. Watt-Evans


Crosstime Traffic — (1992) Publisher: Travelers from Earth’s alternate realities take breaks for dinner at Harry’s hamburger joint and relate their experiences to Mitsopoulas, a police officer accustomed to hearing about flying whales and feline vacuum cleaners.


Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel, Denner's Wreck, The Rebirth of Wonder Touched by the Gods — (1997) Publisher: The gods had chosen the Domdur to rule the world, and had chosen Malledd to be their champion among the Domdur. They had not asked Malledd whether he wanted the job. Now a wizard has raised an army of the undead to overthrow the Domdur Empire, and the world awaits the divine champion who is to save them — but will Malledd come? And if he does, can he be the savior the Domdur expect, or has the gods’ favor turned elsewhere?


The Nightmare People: The Next Step in the Evolution of Evil. Watt-Evans, The Spartacus FileThe Spartacus File — (2005) With Carl Parlagreco. Publisher: Casper Beech is a corporate drone. One day his boss sends him in for neural imprinting but a computer glitch loads the wrong file, and Casper is programmed with something that has nothing to do with his job. Instead of learning a new software package, he learns a new way of thinking — a mindset designed by a secret government agency for use in enemy nations, and never meant to be unleashed in the United States. Lethal government agents seek to correct the error in a steadily-escalating conflict, while Casper struggles to survive and to find out just what was in the Spartacus File.


Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel, Denner's Wreck, The Rebirth of Wonder, One-Eyed Jack One-Eyed Jack — (2011) Publisher: Gregory Kraft was cursed. At night he could see the ghosts and monsters ordinary people could not, and when he slept, he suffered prophetic dreams. He could see these things — but he couldn’t stop them. Then Greg dreamed of a hungry ghost befriending a boy named Jack. He saw Jack feeding bits of himself to the monster, and Greg determined that this time, he would stop it. He would save Jack. Or what was left of him.


The Final Folly of Captain Dancy and Other Pseudo-Historical FantasiesThe Final Folly of Captain Dancy: And Other Pseudo-Historical Fantasies — (2011) Publisher: Set sail on some most improbable seas with Hugo-winner Lawrence Watt-Evans as he explores a universe of stories set in the past-stories that couldn’t possibly have happened, but probably should have. Includes “The Final Folly of Captain Dancy,” “Windwagon Smith and the Martians,” “My Mother and I Go Shopping,” and “One Million Lightbulbs.” Bonus features: A new introduction by the author, an essay on how he came to write “Captain Dancy,” and, at long last, the revelation we’ve all been waiting on so long: “What the Parrot Was For.”


Lawrence Watt-Evans The Chromosomal Code, Shining Steel, Denner's Wreck, The Rebirth of Wonder, One-Eyed Jack In the Blood: Vampire Stories — (2011) Publisher: A collection of every vampire story Lawrence Watt-Evans has written to date — a dozen in all. Every so often, over the past twenty years, fantasy writer Lawrence Watt-Evans has written a vampire story. Up until now, these have been scattered across several magazines, anthologies, and even children’s books, some of them very obscure. This book finally collects them all in one place. The stories included are “The Name of Fear,” “The Art of Dying,” “Eye of the Beholder,” “I Was A Bestselling Teenage Werewolf,” “Blood Feud,” “George Pinkerton and the Bloodsucking Fiend of Brokentree Swamp,” “Richie,” “Worthy of His Hire,” “The Pimp,” “Efficiency,” “The Note Beside the Body,” and “The Pick-Up.” They range from funny to frightening, and mix in unicorns, werewolves, and monster-hunting librarians with their various bloodsuckers.


Other collections and single short stories:

Lawrence Watt-Evans Celestial DebrisWhy I Left Harry's All-Night HamburgersDead Things Don't MoveDead Things Don't MoveHeart of StoneHearts and FlowersStabParade, Stab Lawrence Watt-EvansJim Tuckerman's AngelA Flying Saucer with Minnesota Plates (Harry's All-Night Hamburgers)


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