Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Jackson, Steve

(1951-    ) UK writer and fantasy-Game promoter, sometimes in collaboration with Ian Livingstone. They wrote together the first title in the Fighting Fantasy sequence of multiple-choice gamebooks, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (1982). SJ himself wrote #2: The Citadel of Chaos (1983), #4: Starship Traveller (1983), #10: House of Hell (1985; vt House of Hades 1985 US), #17: Appointment with F.E.A.R. (1985), #24: Creature of Havoc (1986), #42: Black Vein Prophecy (1990) with Paul Mason and #43: Keep of the Lich-Lord (1990). Confusingly, three books in this sequence are by the other (US) Steve Jackson. SJ also wrote The Trolltooth Wars (1989), designed to begin the (abortive) Fighting Fantasy Novel series, and the Sorcery! sequence, comprising The Sorcery Spell Book (1983), The Shamutanti Hills (1984), Kharé – Cityport of Traps (1984) and The Seven Serpents (1984). Nonfiction titles include Fighting Fantasy: An Introductory Role-Playing Game (1984), Titan: The Fighting Fantasy World (1986) with Livingstone, and Fighting Fantasy Poster Book (graph 1989) with Livingstone. [JC]

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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.