Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Franklin, Cheryl J

(1955-    ) US writer who has published both sf and fantasy, though her sf tends to be constructed so as to allow tales of a fantasy hue to exist within an sf explanation. This is clearest in the Network/Consortium sequence – The Light in Exile (1990) and The Inquisitor (1992) – which is set in a Planetary-Romance venue, and concentrates on the plus side of psychic vampirism (> Vampires), depicting the parasitic Mirlai from outer space as spiritually enhancing for those who have been possessed (> Possession). The Fire Lord series – Fire Get (1987), Fire Lord (1989) and Fire Crossing (1991) – is more purely fantasy, and is unremarkable except for a sense, confirmed in the third volume, that this and the sf sequence are linked. In Sable, Shadow, and Ice (1994), a singleton, oppositions between good and bad mages, similar to those which fuel CJF's series, cause strife in a post-Holocaust world where Merlin-worshipping polytheists find themselves opposed by a revived monotheism. [JC]

Cheryl Jean Franklin

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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.