Working name of US writer Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (1952- ), who began her career with the conventional Windsingers trilogy: Harpy's Flight (1983), The Windsingers (1984) and The Limbreth Gate (1984), assembled as The Windsingers (omni 1986 UK); a belated sequel was Luck of the Wheels (1989). The Urban Fantasy The Wizard of the Pigeons (1986) was the work that brought ML wider attention: the Wizard of the title is a magically talented Vietnam veteran living among the street people of Seattle. This success was followed by the Prehistoric Fantasy The Reindeer People (1988) and its sequel Wolf's Brother (1988), assembled as A Saga of the Reindeer People (omni 1989). Cloven Hooves (1991) is an engaging singleton, and Gypsy (1992), with Steven Brust, is another venture into a contemporary urban setting. Adopting the pseudonym Robin Hobb, ML launched the Farseer trilogy of Dynastic Fantasies with Assassin's Apprentice (1995 UK) and Royal Assassin (1996 UK). A restless and varied fantasist, ML possesses real talents which may be coming into full focus in the latest trilogy. [DP]
other works: Alien Earth (1992), sf; The Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man (1994 chap).
Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden