Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Dann, Jack

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(1945-    ) US writer and anthologist, in Australia since 1993. Most of the anthologies he has edited with Gardner Dozois (1947-    ) are fantasy. JD began publishing work of genre interest with "Dark, Dark the Dead Star" and "Traps" for Worlds of If in 1970, both with George Zebrowski (1945-    ). His novels are all sf except The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci (1995), which is fantasy. At the end of his days, Leonardo Da Vinci uses the eponymous Edifice to re-enter his life and relive it. JD allows some ambiguity as to how literally this re-entry may be taken; but the life revealed itself contributes to a Fantasy of History, in which Leonardo invents working airplanes (travelling in one to the Middle East) and variously affects history. [JC]

other works (all ed with Gardner Dozois): Aliens! (anth 1980); Unicorns! (anth 1982); Magicats! (anth 1984) and Magicats II (anth 1991); Bestiary! (anth 1985); Mermaids! (anth 1985); Sorcerers! (anth 1986); Demons! (anth 1987); Dogtales! (anth 1988); Seaserpents! (anth 1989); Dinosaurs! (anth 1990); Little People! (anth 1991); Unicorns II (anth 1992); Dragons! (anth 1993); Invaders! (anth 1993); Horses! (anth 1994); Angels! (anth 1995) and Dinosaurs II (anth 1995).

Jack Mayo Dann


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.