Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Cochran, Molly

(1949-    ) US writer who has always worked in collaboration, usually with her husband, Warren Murphy, largely for the Destroyer sequence. Her first non-Destroyer collaboration, Grandmaster (1984) with Murphy, closely reflects the structure of the Destroyer series as it features a contemporary Hero with Talents who is the Reincarnation of a God (in this case, Brahma); in keeping with Grandmaster's focus on Chess, the hero is known as the Black King, though his powers are rather more Queen-like, as he is almost invincible. Of greater interest is The Forever King (1992), again with Murphy, a Contemporary Fantasy involving the Avatars of Arthur, Merlin and Galahad. The tale is exuberant, gritty and unruly. It ends with a sequel in view. [JC]

other works: High Priest (1987) and The Hand of Lazarus (1988), both with Murphy.

Molly Cochran

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