Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Stasheff, Christopher

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(1944-2018) US writer. His career began with and has remained largely dedicated to the Rod Gallowglass or Warlock Planetary-Romance sequence. In order of internal chronology, the books are: Escape Velocity (1983), The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969), CS's first book, and King Kobold (1971; rev vt King Kobold Revived 1984) – the first two assembled as To the Magic Born (omni 1986) and all three assembled as Warlock to the Magic Born (omni 1990 UK) – The Warlock Unlocked (1982) and The Warlock Enraged (1985) – both assembled with King Kobold as The Warlock Enlarged (omni 1986) and without it as The Warlock Enlarged (omni 1991 UK) – The Warlock Wandering (1986), The Warlock is Missing (1986) and The Warlock Heretical (1987) – the first two of these assembled as The Warlock's Night Out (omni 1988) and all three assembled as The Warlock's Night Out (omni 1991 UK) – The Warlock Heretical (1987), The Warlock's Companion (1988) and The Warlock Insane (1989) – all three assembled as Odd Warlock Out (omni 1989) – The Warlock Rock (1990), Warlock and Son (1991) and M'Lady Witch (1994). The sequence follows, with decreasing joi de vivre, the zany adventures of Rod Gallowglass and his clumsy robot sidekick who have found themselves on the planet Gramarye, where Magic works; they settle in and flourish. There is some Time Travel, and many creatures of Faerie are comically rendered. Later volumes tend to preachiness on sexual matters. In the extremely similar Rogue Wizard series, featuring Gallowglass's son – A Wizard in Bedlam (1979), A Wizard in Absentia (1993), A Wizard in Mind (1995) and A Wizard in War (1995) – CS stuck to his last. Slightly similar, but dealing extensively and seriously with Roman Catholic theology, is the Wizard in Rhyme series: Her Majesty's Wizard (1986), The Oathbound Wizard (1993), The Witch Doctor (1994) and The Secular Wizard (1994). With Bill Fawcett he edited a Shared-World series about the Crafter family of magicians – The Crafters (anth 1991) and The Crafters 2: Blessings and Curses (anth 1992) – and with L Sprague de Camp he edited The Enchanter Reborn (anth 1992). Sir Harold and the Monkey King (1993 chap) is set in the same world as the last-named volume (the world of de Camp's and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea series). Most recently, CS has launched a new fantasy series, The Star Stone, commencing with The Shaman (1995) and The Sage (1996). [JC/DP]

other works: The Starship Troupers sf series, being A Company of Stars (1991), We Open on Venus (1994) and A Slight Detour (1994); The Gods of War (anth 1992); Dragon's Eye (anth 1994).

as editor: The Exotic Enchanter (anth 1995) ed with L Sprague de Camp.

Christopher Stasheff


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.