Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Reeves-Stevens, Garfield

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(1953-    ) Canadian writer, better-known for Horror and sf than for fantasy. His first novel, Bloodshift (1981), combines both genres in a complicated tale involving a contract killer and a renegade female Vampire. Dreamland (1985), a Technofantasy with horror elements, is set in a Disneyland-like theme park which is also a Bad Place. Nighteyes (1989 US) deals with UFOs. GR-S's outright fantasy is restricted to the Chronicles of Galen Sword sequence, done with Judith Reeves-Stevens: Shifter (1990) and Nightfeeder (1991), with sequels clearly necessary. Galen Sword is a rich young human in an Urban-Fantasy version of New York who is obsessed by flashes of memory of his life in at least one other Alternate Reality; he sets off on a Quest, with hired Companions, to penetrate the Amnesia which blocks him from his proper home and role in the First World. The sophisticated use of fantasy devices in Galen Sword leads at times to expectations which may be higher than the authors intend to meet; frustratingly, GR-S seems to lack the ambition his skill demands. [JC]

other works: Children of the Shroud (1987); 3 Star Trek ties, all with Judith Reeves-Stevens – Memory Prime * (1988 US), Prime Directive * (1990 US) and Federation * (1994 US); The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine * (1994 US), nonfiction; Dark Matter (1990 US); Alien Nation #1: The Day of Descent * (1993 US) with Judith Reeves-Stevens, tied to the 2nd (cancelled) series of the tv sf show.

Francis Garfield Reeves-Stevens


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.