Working name of US writer Richard Michael Shelley (1947- ), who began his career with two fantasy series but has more recently concentrated on sf. The Varayan Memoir – Song of the Hero (1990), The Hero of Varay (1991) and The Hero King (1992) – follows the adventures of a young man from Earth who, on following his lost parents through a Portal into the first of a number of Alternate Worlds barring him from the final realm where the Elves rule, discovers he is a Hidden Monarch with heavy responsibilities. The Quest which follows, dogged by Plot Devices, is sharply recounted; later volumes incorporate some Technofantasy. The Seven Towers sequence – The Wizard at Meq (1994) and The Wizard at Home (1994) – is set in a Land-of-Fable 12th-century England and features a Wizard whose newly gained powers have offended some Gods. [JC]
other works (sf): The Spaceborne sequence, being Until Relieved (1994), Side Show (1994) and Jump Pay (1995); The Buchanan Campaign (1995).
Richard Michael Shelley