Andrew J. Offutt

Andrew Jefferson Offutt (August 16, 1934 – April 30, 2013)[1] was an American science fiction and fantasy author.[1] He wrote as Andrew J. Offutt, A. J. Offutt, and Andy Offutt. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, has all his name in lower-case letters. He also wrote erotica under seventeen different pseudonyms, principally John Cleve, John Denis, Jeff Morehead, and Turk Winter.[2][3] He is the father of novelist Chris Offutt and professor Jeff Offutt.

The Sword of Skelos (1979), one of Offutt's contributions to the Conan The Barbarian saga, included a short, facetious biographical note: "Andrew J. Offutt is the recently 'tired and re-tired', as he puts it, president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He loves heroic fantasy though at 6' 1" he is built for speed, not combat. Kentuckian Offutt has a number of other books in and out of print, and has been a helpless fan of Robert E. Howard since birth. Now he calls himself the Steve Garvey among writers; 'Surely it's every boy's dream to grow up—but not too much—and get to write about Conan". Offutt researches with gusto, both in and out of books, having—briefly and painfully, he says—worn chainmail and helm and wielded sword. He is also tired of aged, bald, ugly, sexless mages and squeaky females in heroic fantasy".'

Andrew J. Offutt
BornAugust 16, 1934
DiedApril 30, 2013 (aged 78)
Kentucky, U.S.
OccupationWriter, editor
GenreScience fiction, fantasy

Life and family

Offutt was born in a log cabin near Taylorsville, Kentucky. He was married for more than 50 years to Jodie McCabe Offutt of Lexington, Kentucky. They had four children: writer Chris Offutt; Jeff Offutt, Professor of Software Engineering at George Mason University; Scotty Hyde, copy editor for the Park City Daily News in Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Melissa Offutt, a sales executive for Sprint in San Diego. Offutt also had five grandchildren, Sam, Steffi, James, Joyce, and Andrew.

Career in speculative fiction

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Offutt's first story, "And Gone Tomorrow, appeared in the December 1954 issue of If.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story "And Gone Tomorrow" in the magazine If. Despite this early sale, he did not consider his professional life to have begun until he sold the story "Blacksword" to Galaxy in 1959. His first true science fiction novel was Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards in 1970. Offutt disliked the title of this book, calling it "embarrassingly amateur".

Offutt wrote numerous novels and short stories, including several in the "Thieves World" series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey, which feature his best known character, the thief, Hanse, also known as Shadowspawn (and, later, Chance). His "Iron Lords" series, likewise, was popular. Offutt also wrote two series of books based on characters by Robert E. Howard. There was a series on Howard's best known character, Conan, and another one on the less known Cormac mac Art—an Irish Viking active in King Arthur's time. In fact, Offutt wrote about him far more extensively than did Howard himself.

As "John Cleve", Offutt also wrote the 19-book erotic science fiction series "Spaceways", over half of which were collaborations.

As an editor Offutt produced a series of five anthologies entitled Swords Against Darkness, which included the first professional sale by Charles de Lint. From 1976 to 1978 he served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

Career in erotica

Offutt wrote at least 420 pornographic/erotic works under seventeen different pen-names and house-names, including Opal Andrews, "Anonymous," Joe Brown, John Cleve, Camille Colben, Jack Cory, Jeremy Crebb, P. N. Dedeaux,[4] John Denis, Jeff Douglas, Farrah Fawkes, Baxter Giles, Alan Marshall, Jeff Morehead, J. (John) X. Williams, Turk Winter, and Jeff Woodson.[2][3] The first was Bondage Babes, published under the name Alan Marshall by Greenleaf in 1968; the first appearance of his principal pen name, John Cleve, was on Slave of the Sudan in 1969.[2]

According to his son Chris Offutt he came to regard Cleve as more a separate persona than a pen name, and his other aliases as Cleve's pen names, not his own. As "Cleve" he published more than 130 works of erotica before the market for erotica dried up about 1985; afterwards, turning to self-publishing, he issued 260 more as Turk Winter (an early "Cleve" pen name) over the next twenty-five years. Thirty more remained unpublished at the time of his death. So prolific was Offutt in this area that in summing up his writing career his son Chris wrote that he "came to understand that my father had passed as a science-fiction writer while actually pursuing a 50-year career as a pornographer."[2]


Thieves' World

  • "Shadowspawn" (1979) in Thieves' World
  • "Shadow's Pawn" (1980)
  • "The Vivisectionist" (1981)
  • "Godson" (1982)
  • "Rebels Aren't Born in Palaces" (1984)
  • "The Veiled Lady, or A Look at the Normal Folk" (1985)
  • with Jodie Offutt, "Spellmaster" (1986)
  • "Homecoming" (1987)
  • Shadowspawn (1987)
  • "Night Work" (1989)
  • The Shadow of Sorcery (1993)
  • "Role Model" (2002)
  • "Dark of the Moon" (2004)

War of the Gods on Earth

  • The Iron Lords (1979)
  • Shadows Out of Hell (1980)
  • The Lady of the Snowmist (1983)

War of the Wizards

  • Demon in the Mirror (1977, with Richard K. Lyon)
  • The Eyes of Sarsis (1980, with Richard K. Lyon)
  • Web of the Spider (1981, with Richard K. Lyon)


Cormac mac Art

  • Sword of the Gael (1975)
  • The Undying Wizard (1976)
  • The Sign of the Moonbow (1977)
  • The Mists of Doom (1977)
  • When Death Birds Fly (1980, with Keith Taylor)
  • The Tower of Death (1982, with Keith Taylor)

Non-series novels

  • Evil is Live Spelled Backwards (1970)
  • The Great 24 Hour "Thing" (1971)
  • The Chamber of Pleasures (1971)
  • The Castle Keeps (1972)
  • The Galactic Rejects (1973)
  • Messenger of Zhuvastou (1973)
  • Ardor on Aros (1973)
  • Operation: Super Ms. (1974)
  • The Black Sorcerer of the Black Castle (1974, short story)
  • Genetic Bomb (1975) (with D. Bruce Berry)
  • Chieftain of Andor (1976, aka Clansman of Andor)
  • My Lord Barbarian (1977)
  • King Dragon (1980)
  • Rails Across the Galaxy (1982, with Richard Lyon; magazine publication only)
  • Deathknight (1990)

Edited works

Works written under pseudonyms


  1. Of Alien Bondage (1982, as John Cleve)
  2. Corundum's Woman (1982, as John Cleve)
  3. Escape from Macho (1982, as John Cleve)
  4. Satana Enslaved (1982, as John Cleve)
  5. Master of Misfit (1982, as John Cleve)
  6. Purrfect Plunder (1982, as John Cleve)
  7. The Manhuntress (1982, with Geo. W. Proctor, as by John Cleve)
  8. Under Twin Suns (1982, as John Cleve)
  9. In Quest of Qalara (1982, as John Cleve)
  10. The Yoke of Shen (1983, with Geo. W. Proctor, as by John Cleve)
  11. The Iceworld Connection (1983, with Jack C. Haldeman II and Vol Haldeman, as by John Cleve)
  12. Star Slaver (1983, with G. C. Edmondson, as by John Cleve)
  13. Jonuta Rising! (1983, with Victor Koman, as by John Cleve)
  14. Assignment – Hellhole (1983, with Roland J. Green, as by John Cleve)
  15. Starship Sapphire (1983, with Robin Kincaid, as by John Cleve)
  16. The Planet Murderer (1984, with Dwight V. Swain, as by John Cleve)
  17. The Carnadyne Horde (1984, with Victor Koman, as by John Cleve)
  18. Race Across the Stars (1984, with Robin Kincaid, as by John Cleve)
  19. King of the Slavers (1984, as John Cleve)


  1. The Accursed Tower (1974, as John Cleve)
  2. The Passionate Princess (1974, as John Cleve)
  3. Julanar The Lioness (1975, as John Cleve)
  4. My Lady Queen (1975, as John Cleve)
  5. Saladin's Spy (1986, as John Cleve)
  • The Crusader: Books I and II (omnibus, 1980, as John Cleve)
  • The Crusader: Books III and IV (omnibus, 1981, as John Cleve)


  1. Call me Calamity (1970, as John Cleve)
  2. The Juice of Love (1970, as John Cleve)

Non-series novels

  • Bondage Babes (1968, as Alan Marshall)
  • Sex Toy (1968, as J. X. Williams)
  • Bruise (1969, as John Cleve)
  • Nero's Mistress (1969, as John Cleve)
  • Slave of the Sudan (1969, as John Cleve)
  • Barbarana (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Black Man's Harem (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Captives in the Chateau de Sade (1970, as John Cleve)
  • The Devoured (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Fruit of the Loin (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Jodinareh (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Manlib! (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Mongol! (1970, as John Cleve)
  • The Prefects aka The Prussian Girls (1970, as P. N. Dedeaux)[4]
  • Seed (1970, as John Cleve)
  • Swallow the Leader (1970, as John Cleve)
  • The Balling Machine (1971) (with D. Bruce Berry, as by Jeff Douglas)
  • Chain Me Again (1971, as Opal Andrews)
  • Four on the Floor (1971, as Joe Brown)
  • Hottest Room in the House (1971, as Jeremy Crebb)
  • A Miss Guided (1971, as Anonymous)
  • Pleasure Us! (1971, as John Cleve)
  • Pussy Island (1971, as John Cleve)
  • The Second Coming (1971, as John Cleve)
  • The Sex Pill (1971, as J. X. Williams)
  • Belly to Belly (1972, as Jack Cory)
  • Diana's Dirty Doings (1972, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Different Positions! (1972, as Jack Cory)
  • Family "Secrets" (1972, as John Cleve)
  • High School Swingers (1972, as Jack Cory)
  • Peggy Wants It! (1972, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Snatch Me! (1972, as John Cleve)
  • Wet Dreams (1972, as John Cleve)
  • The Wife Who Liked to Watch! (1972, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Ball in the Family! (1973, as Jeff Morehead)
  • The Domination of Camille (1973, as John Cleve) (reissued as Tame Me! (1975, as Camille Colben))
  • Family Secrets (different work from the similar 1972 title) (1973, as John Cleve)
  • The Farm Girl & the Hired Hand (1973, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Holly Would (1973, as John Cleve)
  • Losing It (1973, as John Denis)
  • Never Enough (1973, as John Denis)
  • The Palace of Venus (1973, as John Denis)
  • S as in Sensuous (1973, as John Denis)
  • Sex Doctor (1973, as John Denis)
  • Tight Fit (1973, as John Denis)
  • Every Inch a Man (1974, as John Cleve)
  • The Fires Down Below (1974, as Jeff Woodson)
  • A Vacation in the Erogenous Zones! (1974, as John Cleve)
  • The Sexorcist (1974, as John Cleve) (reissued as Unholy Revelry (1976, as John Cleve)
  • Asking For It! (1975, as Turk Winter)
  • Beg For It! (1975, as Turk Winter)
  • A Degraded Heroine (1975, as Turk Winter)
  • The Domination of Ann (1975, as John Cleve)
  • A Family Ball (1975, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Family Bonds (1975, as Turk Winter)
  • The Governess (1975, with Eric Stanton, as by Stanton and John Cleve)
  • His Loving Sister (1975, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Horny Daughter-In-Law (1975, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Mother's Four Lovers (1975, as Jeff Morehead)
  • The Punisher Publisher (1975, with Eric Stanton, as by Stanton and John Cleve)
  • Beautiful Bitch (1976, as John Cleve)
  • Disciplined! (1976, as Jeff Morehead)
  • The Erogenous Zone (1976, as John Cleve)
  • Succulent Line-Up (1976, as John Cleve)
  • Serena, Darling (1976, as John Cleve)
  • The Submission of Claudine (1976, as Turk Winter)
  • Triple Play! (1976, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Forced to Please (1977, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Rosalind Does it All (1977, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Her Pleasure Potion (1978, as Turk Winter)
  • The Look of Lust (1978, as Jeff Morehead)
  • Mark of the Master (1980, as Turk Winter)
  • Lady Beth, by A Woman of Quality (1984, as Anonymous, as edited by John Cleve)

Non-fiction works

  • The Complete Couple (1976, as John Cleve, with Jane Cleve)


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Offutt (1934–2013)". Locus. Locus Publications. April 30, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Offutt, Chris (2015-02-05). "My Dad, the Pornographer". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  3. ^ a b [1].
  4. ^ a b

Further reading

  • Offutt, Chris. My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir. New York: Atria Books, 2016.

External links

32nd World Science Fiction Convention

The 32nd World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Discon II, was held August 29–September 2, 1974, at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., United States.

The official co-chairmen were Jay and Alice Haldeman; Ron Bounds was the vice-chairman. The guests of honor were Roger Zelazny (pro) and Jay Kay Klein (fan). The toastmaster was Andrew J. Offutt. Total attendance was 3,587.

Cleve (surname)

Cleve, van Cleve and Van Cleve are surnames. Notable people with the surname include:

Astrid Cleve (1875–1968), Swedish biologist, geologist, chemist and researcher, first woman in Sweden to obtain a doctorate in science

Bastian Clevé (born 1950), German film director

Benjamin Van Cleve (1773–1821), a pioneer settler of Dayton, Ohio

Cecilia Cleve (died 1819), Swedish librarian

Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve (1819–1907), American women's suffrage advocate and social reformer

Cornelius van Cleve (1520–1567), Netherlandish painter

Halfdan Cleve (1879–1951), Norwegian composer

Hendrick van Cleve III (died 1589), painter and engraver born in Antwerp

Horatio P. Van Cleve (1809–1891), Union general in the American Civil War

James Van Cleve, football player in the United States, only the fourth known professional player

Jan Van Cleef or Cleve (1646–1716), Dutch-born Flemish painter

Jim Van Cleve (born 1978), American musician, songwriter and producer

John Cleve, a pseudonym of Andrew J. Offutt (born 1934), American science fiction writer

Joos van Cleve (c. 1485–1540/41), Flemish painter, father of Cornelius

Marten van Cleve (1520–1570), Flemish painter, brother of Hendrick and probably related to Joos

Per Teodor Cleve (1840–1905), Swedish chemist and geologist

Richard Cleve, Canadian computer scientist

Rudolf Cleve (1919–1997), highly decorated Luftwaffe officer of World War II

Whitney L. Van Cleve (1922–1997), American college football player and coach

Anders Cleve (1937–1985), Finnish writer

Conan (books)

The Conan books are sword and sorcery fantasies featuring the character of Conan the Cimmerian originally created by Robert E. Howard. Written by numerous authors and issued by numerous publishers, they include both novels and short stories, the latter assembled in various combinations over the years by the several publishers. The character has proven durably popular, resulting in Conan stories being produced after Howard's death by such later writers as Poul Anderson, Leonard Carpenter, Lin Carter, L. Sprague de Camp, Roland J. Green, John C. Hocking, Robert Jordan, Sean A. Moore, Björn Nyberg, Andrew J. Offutt, Steve Perry, John Maddox Roberts, Harry Turtledove, and Karl Edward Wagner. Some of these writers finished incomplete Conan manuscripts by Howard, or rewrote Howard stories which originally featured different characters. Most post-Howard Conan stories, however, are completely original works. In total, more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories featuring the Conan character have been written by authors other than Howard. This article describes and discusses notable book editions of the Conan stories.

Conan and the Sorcerer

Conan and the Sorcerer is a fantasy novel written by Andrew J. Offutt and illustrated by Esteban Maroto. Featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, it is the first in a trilogy continuing with Conan the Mercenary and concluding with The Sword of Skelos. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in October 1978, and reprinted in May 1979, 1982, and March 1984.

Conan the Mercenary

Conan the Mercenary is a fantasy novel written by American writer Andrew J. Offutt and illustrated by Esteban Maroto featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, the second volume in a trilogy beginning with Conan and the Sorcerer and concluding with The Sword of Skelos. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1980, with an official publication date of January 1981. Ace reprinted the novel in April 1983, and issued a trade paperback edition in 1985. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books in July 1989.

Footprints on Sand

Footprints on Sand: a Literary Sampler is a 1981 collection of writings by science fiction authors L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, illustrated by C. H. Burnett, published by Advent. The collection was compiled to celebrate the de Camps' appearance as joint Guests of Honor at the June 12–14, 1981 X-Con science fiction convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was limited to 1000 copies.

The book opens with a series of tributes to the de Camps by Robert A. Heinlein, Lin Carter, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Andrew J. Offutt, Patricia Jackson, and George H. Scithers. The bulk of the work consists of various short works by the de Camps themselves representing the range of their work in fantasy, science fiction, juvenile fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Granfalloon (fanzine)

Granfalloon was a science fiction fanzine published by Linda Bushyager. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1972, losing to Locus; and 1973 (losing to Energumen).

The first issue was published in 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Suzanne Tompkins was co-editor for the first six issues. Twenty issues of Granfalloon were released, the last one in July 1976.Contributors included Piers Anthony, Alicia Austin, Bill Bowers, Ron Bushyager, Grant Canfield, Don D'Ammassa, Steve Fabian, Alexis Gilliland, Mike Glicksohn, Terry Jeeves, Arnie Katz, Tim Kirk, Damon Knight, Frank Lunney, Sandra Miesel, Ron Miller, Andrew J. Offutt, Andrew I. Porter, Bill Rotsler, Robert Silverberg, Darrell Schweitzer, Mae Strelkov, Bob Tucker, Harry Warner, Jr., Ted White, Susan Wood and Roger Zelazny.Suzanne Tompkins went on to publish the fanzine The Spanish Inquisition with Jerry Kaufman in the 1970s.Bushyager also published the fanzine Kardass in the 1970s.

Jeff Offutt

Jeff Offutt is a professor of Software Engineering at George Mason University. His primary interests are software testing and analysis, web software engineering, and software evolution and change-impact analysis.He is the author of Introduction to Software Testing with Paul Ammann published by Cambridge University Press. He is the editor-in-chief of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability with Robert M. Hierons. He also helped create the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Reliability and was the first chair of its steering committee. He won the Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching with Technology, from George Mason University in 2013.Offutt is known for many fundamental contributions to the field of software testing, in particular mutation testing, model-based testing, and automatic test data generation.Dr. Offutt received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and data processing in 1982 (double major) from Morehead State University, and master's (1985) and PhD (1988) in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty of Clemson University before joining George Mason in 1992.

He is the son of Andrew J. Offutt and brother of Chris Offutt. He is married to Jian and has three children, Stephanie, Joyce, and Andrew.

Keith Taylor (author)

Keith John Taylor (born 26 December 1946) is an Australian science fiction and fantasy writer.


Niekas (from Lithuanian: nothing or nobody) was a science fiction fanzine published from 1962–1998 by Ed Meskys – also spelled Meškys – of New Hampshire. It won the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, and was nominated two other times, losing in 1966 to ERB-dom and in 1989 to File 770.For the initial five issues, Meskys – at the time a professor and a member of The Tolkien Society at the now-defunct Belknap College in Center Harbor, New Hampshire – edited Niekas by himself, after which he was joined by Felice Rolfe and Anne Chatland. The latter left after issue #8. By the late 1980s he was editing the fanzine by himself. It originated as an apazine before being expanding to a full-fledged fanzine. Meskys continued publication when his employment moved to Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in Mankato, Minnesota.

Meskys later wrote, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for the APA, and changed its name to Niekas and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue.... Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote Niekas to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue." The fanzine played a prominent role in the early development of Tolkien fandom in the United States. Issue #7 included a letter from C. S. Lewis to Meskys that mentions The Lord of the Rings.

In coming years, contributors included Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, John Boardman, Vaughn Bode, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley ("Bloodthirsty for Power: Vampirism in Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night"), Charles N. Brown, Algis Budrys, Avram Davidson, Philip K. Dick ("Naziism and the High Castle"), Raymond Z. Gallun, Jack Gaughan, Harry Harrison, S. T. Joshi, Clyde Kilby, Tim Kirk, Sam Moskowitz, Andre Norton, Andrew J. Offutt, Alexei Panshin, Diana Paxson, Jerry Pournelle, Darrell Schweitzer, Arthur Thompson (ATom), Bjo Trimble, Donald A. Wollheim, Roger Zelazny ("Song of the Ring", a poem).A "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Al Halevy was an ongoing feature, as was material by Robert Foster, who later published The Complete Guide to Middle-earth,

In 1968, Niekas ceased publication after issue #20, but was revived in 1977 for issue #21. By 1995, Meskys – who had become blind – was the fanzine's editor-in-chief, with Mike Bastrow listed as editor and designer. The final issue of Niekas, #48, described itself as published by Meskys and edited by Joe R. Christopher.

Offutt (surname)

Offutt is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Andrew J. Offutt, American science-fiction and fantasy author

Chris Offutt, American author of fiction and memoirs

Denton Offutt, 19th century general store operator who gave Abraham Lincoln his first job

Jarvis Offutt, Aviator from World War I

Jeff Offutt, American university professor of Software Engineering

Ronald D. Offutt, Founder of R. D. Offutt Company, a 9-state 190,000-acre farm

Warren Offutt, American astronomer

Swords Against Darkness

Swords Against Darkness is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Andrew J. Offutt. It was first published in paperback by Zebra Books in February 1977.

The book collects nine short stories and novelettes by various fantasy authors, with a foreword by Offutt.

Swords Against Darkness II

Swords Against Darkness II is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Andrew J. Offutt. It was first published in paperback by Zebra Books in 1977.

The book collects eight short stories and novelettes by various fantasy authors, with an introductory essay by Offutt.

Swords Against Darkness III

Swords Against Darkness III is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Andrew J. Offutt. It was first published in paperback by Zebra Books in March 1978.

The book collects thirteen short stories and novelettes, one poem and one essay by various fantasy authors, together with a foreword by Offutt.

Swords Against Darkness IV

Swords Against Darkness IV is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Andrew J. Offutt. It was first published in paperback by Zebra Books in September 1979.

The book collects eleven short stories and novelettes and one essay by various fantasy authors, together with a foreword in two parts and a "special word" by Offutt.

Swords Against Darkness V

Swords Against Darkness V is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Andrew J. Offutt. It was first published in paperback by Zebra Books in November 1979.

The book collects twelve short stories and novelettes by various fantasy authors, together with a foreword by Offutt.

The Sword of Skelos

The Sword of Skelos is a fantasy novel written by Andrew J. Offutt featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, the third and final volume in a trilogy beginning with Conan and the Sorcerer and continuing with Conan the Mercenary (which was actually published after The Sword of Skelos, though relating events prior to it). It was first published in paperback in May 1979 by Bantam Books, and reprinted in August 1981. Later editions were issued by Ace Books (September 1987, reprinted May 1991) and Tor Books (February 2002). The first British edition was published by Sphere Books in 1989.

Thieves' World

Thieves' World is a shared world fantasy series created by Robert Lynn Asprin in 1978. The original series comprised twelve anthologies, including stories by such science fiction authors as Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Andrew J. Offutt, C. J. Cherryh, Janet Morris, and Chris Morris. The Morrises introduced The Sacred Band of Stepsons in Thieves' World and spun off a series of novels about them and their ancient cavalry commander, Tempus. The first three novels in The Sacred Band of Stepsons saga were authorized Thieves World novels. Marion Zimmer Bradley was an early contributor but spun off her main character in the novel Lythande (1986) and did not return for later volumes. The series went on hiatus after the twelfth anthology. In addition to the official anthologies, several authors published novels set in the milieu of Thieves World.

Thieves' World is set in the city of Sanctuary, located at the edge of the Rankan Empire. The city is depicted as a place where many are downtrodden and where the invading Rankan gods and the Ilsigi gods they had ousted begin a struggle for primacy. As the series continues, additional invasions occur, and the city is taken over by the snake-worshipping Beysib as the Rankan empire collapses. Over time, a number of the characters in the series are revealed either to be the offspring of or otherwise blessed by various figures in the pantheons of the competing cultures, and they discover or develop various powers as the series progresses.

In 2002, Lynn Abbey, who co-edited several of the original anthologies, relaunched the series with the novel Sanctuary. It was followed by the anthologies Turning Points and Enemies of Fortune, which contain some returning authors and several new ones. Abbey also oversaw the republication of the original anthologies in omnibus editions.

Victor Koman

Victor Koman (born 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and agorist. A three-time winner of the Prometheus Award, Koman is mainly popular in the libertarian community. He is the owner of the publishing house KoPubCo. His Ph.D. in Information Technology was conferred by Capella University in 2016. He also possesses a BSIS (with honors, summa cum laude) from University of Redlands (2001) and an MBA from Pepperdine University (2004).

Koman's short stories have appeared in such publications as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, and the anthologies Weird Menace, The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem, the second and third Dark Destiny collections set in the White Wolf World of Darkness, and the libertarian short-story collection Free Space.

In the early 1980s, Koman collaborated with Andrew J. Offutt on Offutt's Spaceways series for Playboy Press (which was sold to Berkley Books in mid-stride). Koman wrote two novels in the series, to which Offutt added his own scenes, then edited and published the novels under the series name "John Cleve". These paperbacks are long out of print. Covers for both novels were painted by Ken Barr.A community activist with a quixotic sense of what's important, Koman was instrumental in preventing the 1988 destruction of the Disneyland Monorail System's last bubble-topped Mark III monorail (Old Red), generating a one-man public-relations campaign that resulted in nationwide news coverage. The Walt Disney Company subsequently saved, restored, and converted the historic monorail fuselage into a street-legal promotional vehicle.Koman's 1995 story collaboration with Brad Linaweaver, "The Light That Blinds", features an occult battle between Aleister Crowley and Adolf Hitler.Koman has appeared as an extra in several films, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, CyberZone, Rapid Assault, Fugitive Rage, Mom’s Outta Sight, Billy Frankenstein, KidWitch (in which his daughter, Vanessa Koman, played the title role), Red Dragon, The Hot Chick, and A-List (film). On November 15, 1998, he was the winner on the game show Inquizition.

Koman has made available the body of work of Samuel Edward Konkin III through KoPubCo. He is the pseudonymous author of the Gloamingerism pamphlets published as afterwords in the 1999 trade paperback edition of J. Neil Schulman's novel Alongside Night.

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