Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob was born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England. His parents left England in the 1930s to go to Spain to help feed hungry children orphaned by the Spanish War. He and his sister were left to nannies and later joined their parents in Spain. Due to the Spanish peoples outward dislike for foreigners, Pier's father was arrested and jailed. He was later released on the condition that he exit the country, so the family immigrated to the United States when Piers was six. Struggling with multiple moves and family discord, Piers had a difficult childhood. He didn't flourish until attending college. While majoring in creative writing, he wrote a story called Evening and submitted it to Galaxy. It was rejected, but he continued to write. He met his wife, Carol Ann Marble, or "CAM" and they married in 1956. They had two daughters, Penelope Carolyn and Cheryl.

After serving a four year stint in the United States Army, where he earned his American citizenship, he made a deal with his wife to follow his dream to become a writer. He had written a number of short stories during his enlistment, and had sold The Demise to Worlds of If magazine. He and his wife agreed that if Piers could sell his work in a year of submitting it, he could pursue his dream, if not, he would give it up forever. His first professional sale was to Fantastic Stories Magazine in 1962. Anthony speaks of the outcome of this agreement saying, "As it happened, I sold two stories, earning $160. But such success seemed inadequate to earn a living. So I became an English teacher, didn't like that either, and in 1966 retired again to writing." In 1967, Anthony penned Chthon which he sold to Ballantine earning him $1500.

In 1969, Anthony published Macroscope, which was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1970. He continued to write science fiction novels through the early 1970s, but in 1977 he penned the first of the Xanth series, the novels which launched him into fame. A Spell for Chameleon was published by Del Rey. Over many decades fans have been unable to get enough of The Magic of Xanth. Anthony had intended the series to be a trilogy, but devoted fans have kept it going. As of 2014, there are 38 books in the series.

Over his decades of writing, Mr. Anthony has had many tumultuous relationships with various publishers. He tolerates no undue tampering with his work and thus has left many contracts and relationships behind. He has sued publishers for accounting malfeasance and won judgments in his favor. He speaks about publishing on his website regularly, and has created an "Internet Publishing survey where potential writers can research and respond to information about a variety of publishers. In one of his monthly newsletters from 2002, he addresses how he came to be so diligent regarding writer-publisher relations." He says "When I was starting out as a novelist in the 1960's one publisher cheated me, and blacklisted me when I protested, and other publishers and even a writer's organization tacitly sided with the errant publisher. I survived those lean years with a militant attitude, and today have the will and the means to take it to any publisher or organization that tries anything similar, and have done so more than once."

Piers Anthony has always been in close touch with his fans. His novels consistently contain an end chapter where he talks about himself and his life. He claims to answer 100 letters and 300 emails monthly and maintains while he wishes his relationship with his fans took up less of his time, he needs them all. The readers respond to him as well. Many have claimed that Piers taught them to read by demonstrating that reading can be fun. He also maintains a lengthy newsletter on his website. His newsletters are extensive, updating fans on his life events, movies and books he has seen and read and general thoughts; this has been sustained since 1997.

As mentioned above, Xanth is what Anthony is most noted for, but this is, in this reader's opinion, a rather shallow take on Piers' work. Many people have responded negatively to his greater accomplishments, such as the Bio of a Space Tyrant series, deriding it as overly violent and sexually laden. While it is true that Anthony approaches difficult subjects such as rape, incest, pedophilia, and suicide in some of his novels, it is patently untrue that these themes are inappropriately treated. Anthony often tackles these subjects with a boldness that is uncommon, and coming from the author known for light-hearted puns, it can be jarring. The simple fact is that the audience for The Magic of Xanth and audience for Anthony's more series works are not the same group of people. It is a loss to the mass of science fiction literature to overlook gems such as Orn, Ox and Omnivore, the Cluster series and Bio of a Space Tyrant just because one expects Xanth level work from the author.

Mr. Anthony lives in Florida on a tree farm with his wife Carol. Individualist and outspoken, he is a strict vegetarian, an agnostic, an environmentalist, and a conscientious objector. He has always been open and honest with his fans and followers. Immense insight into his personality and motivations can be found in reading his newsletters, archived on his website hipiers.com.

Macroscope

Back Cover: "Existence is full of a number of things many of them wondrous indeed and those are the things of this soaring novel. First among them is the Macroscope a doorway that leads to all time and all space, and confronts the four who dare enter with challenges mankind has never dreamed of. And perhaps most wondrous of all in the crowded, adventurous universe of this novel, a boy becomes a man; a spirited girl achieves womanhood; a man's deepest beliefs are vindicated; and a woman finds a purpose in being"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1969
This Edition: Avon, November 1972
Cover Art: Unknown Format: Paperback

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Orn

"Three humans and an extraordinary alien creature in a quest across the face of a counter-earth in turmoil: Cal is a wise and courageous old man whose courage overcomes his wisdom in a deadly encounter with a towering and majestic monster. Veg is a strong and sensitive man whose total loyalty to the exploration team is fearfully tested in the wilds of the killer planet. Aquilon is a beautiful young woman, an artist and adventurer, who forms a strange and haunting friendship with a creature who can not speak. Orn is a great, powerful, lethal bird - a bird with a subtle and fascinating alien intelligence and a surprising and unique reason for living."

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday, September 1971
This Edition: Avon, 1985
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Of Man and Manta Series, Book #2

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Ox

"Cal, Veg, and Aquilon two men and one woman renamed the alternate dimensions of time and space. With them were mantas, strange flying aliens half-animal, half-fungus who could boast the keenest senses of any creatures in the universe. And with them too was the mysterious, impassive superwoman, Tamme. They were imprisoned on a hostile world dominated by savage robots. It was crucial to their very survival that each find a way back to their familiar dimension of Earth. Suddenly they encounter OX an amorphous, telepathic being of brilliant luminosity who held the key to every alternate continuum in the universe, including their only chance of escape!"

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday, February 1976
This Edition: Avon, December 1978
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Of Man and Manta Series, Book #3

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Ox

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday, February 1976
This Edition: Nelson Doubleday, February 1976
Cover Art: Richard V. Corben
Format: Hardback

Notes:

Of Man and Manta Series, Book #3

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Cluster

"From the regions of Outworld to the land of the Canopians and beyond through the distant reaches of time and space and the vast spectrum of Kirliam apparitions Flint the Caveman is master and slave, conqueror and hero, slayer primeval and seducer triumphant Flint of Outworld has come!"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1977
This Edition: Avon, March 1985
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Cluster Series, Book #1

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Battle Circle

"America rising from the ashes of its final destruction - the epic story of the savage struggle for empire and dominance in primitive post-cataclysmic America. Sos the Rope: The kill spirits of the blast were retreating and Sos was pledged to begin an empire, to build a dream - the same dream which had been built so many times, aeons before. Var the Stick: Var was the chosen one - half-man, half-animal, a mutant victim of the blast - called upon to rescue the Empire in a battle he was secretly afraid of winning. Neq the Sword: An age of darkness was upon the Empire and Neq, the greatest of warriors was embarked on a quest that would decide the future of the world!"

Original Publication: Avon, January 1978
This Edition: Avon, January 1978
Cover Art: Patrick Woodroffe
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Omnibus containing: SOS the Rope, Neq the Sword and Var the Stick

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Omnivore

"These are species which lived on the mysterious planet Nacre. Three scientists came to Nacre to discover, to explore, to record. Utterly defenseless, they trekked through a grotesque jungle of multiform mushrooms and dense spore-clouds, hoping to unlock the secret of this strange world. The stunning climax of their mission was just the beginning of a complex drama in which their survival and return to earth could spell the extinction of humanity."

Original Publication: Ballantine, December 1968
This Edition: Avon, October 1978
Cover Art: Ron Walotsky
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Of Man and Manta Series, Book #1

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Chaining the Lady

"Ten centuries after the War of Energy, Melody of Mintaka - daughter of Flint the Saveman - assumes the forms of alien and animal, male and female, to bring victory to the people of Cluster against the Andromedan space fleet. But first she must endure untold humiliation...the mistress of space is enslaved."

Original Publication: Avon, March 1978
This Edition: Avon, March 1978
Cover Art: Ron Walotsky
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Cluster Series, Book #2

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Mute

"Piers Anthony Master storyteller and world creator Piers Anthony here creates one of his greatest tales - a galaxy-spanning epic of wild adventure, wit and wonder.Mute. Knot, mutant-bred and exiled from mankind to serve on an alien world, has personal reasons for opposing the Galactic Empire's omnipotent Coordinating COmputer. But Finesse, a sensuous, seductive imperial agent - aided by Hermine, a slyly psychic weasel, and Mit, a telepathic hermit crab - lures Knot into serving the Computer. Their perilous odyssey takes them across time and space to a forbidding world ruled by the renegade Piebald, who has harnessed the fearsome extrasensory forces of his lobotomized minions...has gained mastery over the COmputer...and who now threatens the very future of humanity."

Original Publication: Avon, April 1981
This Edition: Avon, October 1986
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Centaur Aisle

"Dor was having troubles growing up to be the next Magician-King of the magic land of Xanth. He wanted no part of running the Kingdom. But now Good King Trent was leaving on a trade mission to non-magical Mundania, home of such weird beasts as horses and bears, so Dor had to take over as King for a week. A week passes. No Trent. Then three weeks. King Trent still hadn't returned. Surely, something terrible had happened; he was apparently held captive in some foul dungeon, unable to escape. Dor was left with the burden of ruling and with Irene, who was entirely too willing to be his Queen! His only hope was to enter Mundania and free King Trent. But how could it be done without the powers of magic? Nevertheless, he started forth bravely together with Irene, a golem, a centaur, and a young ogre heading for the far south of Xanth. The entrance to Mundaina, of course, lay to the north."

Original Publication: Del Rey, January 1982
This Edition: Del Rey, January 1982
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #4

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Viscous Circle

"In the far, far future the blood thirsty Solarians, in their rage to find the mysterious Ancient Site, are determined to wipe out the Bands, a strange and beautiful species whose society is an anarchy of peace. Only Rondi, the whirling green Band, can save his race, for he has a singular and awesome knowledge. But suddenly Rondi makes a shocking discovery about his identity a discovery that may cost him his honor, his beautiful lover Cirl, even his very life "The galactic annihilation is beginning!"

Original Publication: Avon, May 1982
This Edition: Avon, May 1982
Cover Art: Ron Walotsky
Format: Paperback

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Ogre, Ogre

"Smash knew all about ogres. After all, despite his having a human mother, Smash was an ogre himself. Ogres were not only huge and horribly ugly, as Smash was; they were also so stupid they could hardly speak and they spent most of their time fighting, destroying, and eating young girls. So what was he doing here with seven assorted females looking to him to guide them and save them? Even in Xanth, where magic made anything possible, why should Tandy the Nymph trust him and seem fond of him? And how could all that high-flown conversation be coming out of his mouth? But that, it seemed was what he got for going to Good Magician Humphrey for an Answer - before he even knew what the question was!"

Original Publication: Del Rey, October 1982
This Edition: Del Rey, October 1982
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #5

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Double Exposure

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday, October 1982
This Edition: Nelson Doubleday, October 1982
Cover Art: Victoria Poyser
Format: Hardback

Notes:

Omnibus containing Split Infinity, Blue Adept and Juxtaposition

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Juxtaposition

"Stile had problems two whole worlds of problems, in fact. On Proton, a world of future science, his murder was averted only by the help of a lovely robot, who sent him through an invisible curtain to Phaze, an alternate world ruled by magic. There he found he was the double of the sorcerer, the Blue Adept, who had been mysteriously murdered. And the assassin was after Stile! To survive, Stile had to master magic, fight a dragon, win the friendship of a lady unicorn, locate his enemy among the paranoid Adepts, and return out of Phaze to win the great games on Proton. After that, he was ready to face the real problems! The infallible Oracle was suddenly involved in the conspiracy against him. The two worlds were out of balance and heading for disaster. Stile was somehow supposed to take over the job of saving them or go down to total destruction with all he loved. He had to act and act quickly "with no idea of what he was supposed to do."

Original Publication: Del Rey, March 1982
This Edition: Del Rey, May 1983
Cover Art: Laurence Schwinger
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #3

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Split Infinity

"On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay though a mysterious curtain revealed by a loving robot. Beyond the curtain lay Phaze a world totally ruled by magic. There, his first encounter was with an amulet that turned into a demon determined to choke him to death. And there, he soon learned, his alternate self had already been murdered by sorcery, and he was due to be the next victim. "know thyself!" the infallible Oracle told him. But first he must save himself as he shuttled between worlds. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he could survive only by mastering magic. And is he used any magic at all, the werewolf and the unicorn who were his only friends were determined to kill him at once!"

Original Publication: Del Rey, April 1980
This Edition: Del Rey, March 1983
Cover Art: Rowena Morrill
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #2

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Dragon on a Pedestal

"There was trouble in Xanth again all kinds of trouble, in fact. The gap dragon had escaped from the Gap and was ravaging across the land. The forget-spell that had covered the Gap was breaking up into small forget-whorls that wandered about, giving amnesia to all they touched. Good Magician Humfrey might have had the Answer, but he had overdosed on water from the Fountain of Youth and was only a helpless baby. And Ivy, three-year-old daughter of King Dor and Queen Irene, was lost in the jungles south of the Gap. While Irene sought her without much hope, Ivy was wandering further into danger, her memories erased by a passing forget-whorl. Her path was leading her directly to where the Gap Dragon was seeking dinner."

Original Publication: Del Rey, October 1983
This Edition: Del Rey, October 1983
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #7

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Night Mare

"The nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth from the north, ravaging and destroying as they advanced. But Mare Imbrium had her own problems. Ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Now the Night Stallion dismissed her, exiling her to the day world with a message for King Trent: "Beware the Horseman!" She had no idea of what that meant. But that was the way with prophetic warnings - nobody could understand them until it was too late. Then she met the Horseman. And she discovered that one who would ride a night mare was a master of bit and spur, and not a man to surrender her. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare!"

Original Publication: Del Rey, January 1983
This Edition: Del Rey, January 1983
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

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Xanth #6

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God of Tarot

"Earth has reached the stars and reverted to barbarism in the same era, and when a star-colony is threatened by a storm of monsters, one man is chosen to pierce the curtain of the Animation and endure the lusts and horrors of the planet Tarot. His name is Paul and he is a monk, which is better than a warrior in a world where religions are wielded like swords..."

Original Publication: Jove, April 1979
This Edition: Berkley, September 1983
Cover Art: Rowena Morrill
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Tarot Series, Book #1

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Refugee

"Though he was later accused of every crime and sexual perversion in the galaxy, Hope Hubris began as an innocent. Because he defended his older sister against the violent lusts of a wealthy scion, Hope and his peasant family were forced to flee Callisto, one of the moons of Jupiter. Pursued by blood thirsty scions across the airless desert, they barely escaped with their lives. The illegal space bubble was overcrowded with refugees, all hoping to reach Jupiter for asylum. But the space travellers had not reckoned on the terrible threat of high space - the pirates barbaric men who rape, rob, and murder with no thought but to satisfy their bestial appetites. It will take all Hope's ingenuity to survive, but the atrocities he witnesses will never die. There is only one way he can be rid of them...revenge!"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1983
This Edition: Avon, October 1983
Cover Art: Jim Burns
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #1

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Mercenary

"He was driven by violent injustice from his home moon of Callisto and set forth to claim the epic destiny that would blaze across worlds and time. He saw his family destroyed, his sister carried off into sexual slavery, his beautiful lover killed and he swore revenge against the murderous pirate who held the Jupiter planetoids in a stranglehold of terror. Fired by raw courage, steeled by young might, he rose in the navy of Jupiter to command a personal squadron loyal to the death. And it was death they faced against piratical warlords of the Jupiter Ecliptic who laughed at the young commander's challenge until they met the merciless fury of the warrior who would annihilate all obstacles in his path of immortal renown as the Tyrant of Jupiter!"

Original Publication: Avon, June 1984
This Edition: Avon, June 1984
Cover Art: Jim Burns
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #2

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Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn

"Jordon was a ghost in Castle Roogna now, spending his time with little five-year-old Ivy and watching his own past unfold on the magic tapestry. But once he had been a valorous knight, riding his ghost horse Pook on a fabulous and dangerous mission. He had been betrayed with a cruel lie by two wily magicians and the woman he loved. He has been killed at the end, and his bones had been scattered. Now he could not even remember where they had been buried. That was important, because Jordon's talent had been to recover from almost any injury, provided enough of his body could be assembled to grow together again. But all that had been four hundred years before. Nobody who was alive today knew or cared where his bones might be. It was hardly the proper ending for a gallant adventure!"

Original Publication: Del Rey, January 1985
This Edition: Del Rey, January 1985
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #8

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Politician

"He awoke in a tiny lightless cell, groping for memory - memory that had been erased. Hope Hubris, Jupiter governor, progressive populist warrior hero, and presidential candidate a "memwashed" tool of the enemy. And if his captor's plan worked, Hope would destroy his own political career leaving the fate of his planet in the hands of its corrupt presidential incumbent Tocsin. But Hope Hubris had a destiny to fulfill. He had the cunning to discover code words that could reactivate his mind the strength to resist addiction to their drugs the power to win the support of his countrymen, and finally the courage to make an agonizing sacrifice that would ensure his planet's future and his own destiny Tyrant of Jupiter."

Original Publication: Avon, May 1985
This Edition: Avon, May 1985
Cover Art: Jim Burns
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #3

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Race Against Time

"John Smith is just a typical teenager growing up in a typical American town in 1960 or is he? He has a dog - that can climb trees and understand very complex commands. He has parents - who watch him constantly, taking notes when they think he is not looking. He has a girlfriend - a girl he's never met, whom he had been told he must marry. John knows something is wrong, but until he crosses the boundary fence late one night, he doesn't realize just how much. For wherever, whenever he lives, it is definitely not America, circa 1960!"

Original Publication: Hawthorn Books, 1973
This Edition: Tor, September 1985
Cover Art: L. Royd
Format: Paperback

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Executive

"He was shaping his times as no one before him dared, mercilessly scourging an entire planet of crime and corruption whenever he found them - and destroying anyone who stood in his way. Absolute dictator of the United States of Jupiter, Hope Hubris was destined to become the most hated and feared man of an era, a tyrant charged with countless heinous acts and sexual cruelties. Yet justice remained his fiercest passion. Not to insure his goals, Hope would assume an alternate identity and become a rebel - the brilliant leader in a revolution dedicated to his own overthrow. To fulfill his dreams he would sacrifice love...and plunge headlong into madness..."

Original Publication: Avon, December 1985
This Edition: Avon, December 1985
Cover Art: Jim Burns
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #4

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Pretender

"The ship was doomed. The host's body was dying. The only hope was to crash land on a nearby primitive planet which, unknown to its natives, hosted a galactic observation station; a station where he could find shelter and, ultimately, rescue. But with his host's last threat of consciousness, NK-2 saw that the city he expected lay in ruins. How could he find his fellow galactics in such chaos? How could an ancient being of pure energy survive, alone on such a world? Then salvation appeared in the forn of a young boy and NK-2 took his chance. Now slave and alien inhabit the same body and the boy has become a spear, thrust at the very heart of the great Babylonian Empire. For NK-2's plan requires that he become a God."

Original Publication: Borgo Press, April 1979
This Edition: Tor, June 1985
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with Frances Hall

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With a Tangled Skein

"It seemed to Biobe that Fate and the Devil had conspired against her. And on this world, where science and magic were equally advanced, both Fate and Satan were very real. So were all the Incarnations - Death, Time, Fate, War and Nature. They were normal people who had been chosen for their positions and given extraordinary powers. Even Satan was supposed to be an incarnation, though the Prince of Evil opposed all the others, plotting foully to seize the mastery of the world. When the man Niobe loved was shot, she made a desperate and futile appeal to the Incarnations to save him. But Fate cut his thread, and he died. Then Niobe discovered that he had willingly sacrificed himself; she was supposed to have been the target of the bullet, in a devious, long-range plan of the Devil. To gain a chance for revenge against Satan, she accepted the position of Ciotho, the youngest of the three Aspects of Fate. Then, while the son she had left with relatives grew to manhood and had a daughter, Niobe struggled to understand and circumvent Satan's plans. But Satan's plots were incredibly complicated and tangled into the Tapestry of Fate. Now the Evil One was laying a trap to ruin Niobe's granddaughter Luna, who threatened his plans. And her son was sent to Hell by a trick of Satan's. Niobe's only chance to defeat Satan and save her son and Luna was to accept a challenge by the Prince of Deceit - a challenge to be decided in Hell and in a maze of Satan's devising! Here in this third complete-in-itself novel of the Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony weaves a fascinating plot, as tangled as any skein of fate. This is Anthony at his most ingenious with another gripping fantasy of the struggle of the Incarnations against the machinations of Satan."

Original Publication: Del Rey/Ballantine, October 1985
This Edition: Del Rey/Ballantine, October 1985
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Hardback

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Prostho Plus

"What's keeping you from your grand tour of the universe? Are you afraid of being caught out in the vastness of space with a painful cavity and no one capable of fixing it? Well fear not the galaxy is simply teeming with dentists! For Dr. Dillingham, dentist of Earth, it was the shock of his life captured by aliens, forced to fix a strange cavity in an even stranger mouth; then whisked off to deep space. But luckily for the good dentist, Dillingham discovered that he liked zooming about the galaxy, solving unprecedented problems and making new and decidedly different acquaintances. And when he was offered the chance to apply to the Galactic University of Dentisty as Earth's first (and only) applicant, Dillingham had a choice to make: go back to his safe little world of bored housewives and miles of braces, or make a mark for mankind among the teeth of the stars. It was really no choice at all."

Original Publication: Berkley Medallion, May 1973
This Edition: Tor, June 1986
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

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Steppe

"At the moment of his death, Alp, a powerful and cunning Turkish warrior chiefton, is thrust naked, weaponless and horseless into a bewildering world that he perceives as hell. He soon discovers that the "hell" he inhabits is filled not with demons, but a race of humans known as galactic from an age far removed from his own. He has been chosen to fight, and perhaps die again, in a vast intergalactic game called Steppe a strange recreation of his own era where "horses" are starships, "cities" are planets and "mountains" are suns. Alp has always been a victor in the bloody struggle for survival among his people. Will his barbarian cunning be enough to defeat the intellectual might of the galactic and by his knowledge of his own time win a place for himself among the stars?"

Original Publication: Tor, September 1985
This Edition: Tor, September 1986
Cover Art: Boris Vallejo
Format: Paperback

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Statesman

"Child of flame and terror, born and bred to violence, Hope Hubris had ruled the solar system's most powerful empire with a fierce, uncompromising passion. His was a white flame of justice as an exile, his autocratic rule overthrown by the one person he could not oppose. Deposed, disgraced, but forever unbroken, the tyrant's greatest hour was still to come. For only he could shoulder the burden of humanity's boldest dream: to leave behind the confines of the solar system and journey outward to the stars. The epic of hope hubris comes to a blazing climax!"

Original Publication: Avon, December 1986
This Edition: Avon, December 1986
Cover Art: Jim Burns
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #5

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Hasan

"In the days of Sindbad the handsome young merchant Hasan quests forth from Bassorah, seeking great wealth. But Lo! The hand of Allah sets the youth upon a rarer journey - into the heart of deadly adventure, unearthly peril and magic. Enslaved by the Alchemist Bahram, bound to a camel's corpse and left the Mountain of Clouds to be devoured by a Roc - such is but the beginning of Hasan's destiny. For he has entered a world of mighty Jinns and hideous ifrits, amazon empires and bejeweled jungle palaces, enigmatic wizards and cloistered virgin princesses. And to know his life's desire, Hasan must twice capture the love of the bird-maiden Sana - the world's most beautiful woman, child of the vengeful king of Jinns on the dreaded isles of Wak!"

Original Publication: Borgo Press, October 1977
This Edition: Tor, January 1986
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

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With a Tangled Skein

"When the man Biobe loved was shot, she learned that she had been the target, in a devious plot of the Devil's. Hoping for revenge, Niobe accepted a position as one of the three aspects of Fate, only to find that Satan's plots were tangled into the very Tapestry of Fate. Now the Evil One was laying a trap to ruin Niobe's granddaughter Luna, who threatened his plans - and he tricked her son into hell. Niobe's only chance to save her son and Luna was to accept a challenge to be decided in Hell and in a maze of Satan's devising!"

Original Publication: Del Rey, October 1985
This Edition: Del Rey, October 1986
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #3

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Rings of Ice

"THE DEATH THROES OF PLANET EARTH! The idea had been to creat giant rings around the Earth - huge lenses to capture solar energy. But it had all gone catastrophically wrong. The rings of ice were melting into rain. Rain that would not stop! Torrents of it, drowning the planet. Unleashing landslides, triggering volcanos, and giving birth to a hostile new landscape. As Earth is engulfed, six men and women embark on an odyssey that will take them into realms of experience beyond imagining. Their mission: repopulate the devastated planet. To succeed, they will have to battle horrifying new forms of life, hunger-crazed bandits, and their own strangely unpredictable impulses."

Original Publication: Avon, June 1974
This Edition: Avon, November 1987
Cover Art: Jim Warren
Format: Paperback

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Shade of the Tree

"The estate was Joshua Pinson's inheritance from his oddball uncle Elijah: isolated in the deep Florida woods, with a half-built solar house stocked with enough supplies to weather a siege. Josh decided it was time to take his two young children away from New York and the memories of their murdered mother. Time to make a new life in sunny Florida. There was just one thing that Josh hadn't counted on. The place was haunted."

Original Publication: Tor, May 1986
This Edition: Tor, May 1987
Cover Art: Linda Garland
Format: Paperback

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Vale of the Vole

"For young Esk, the ogre-nymph-human, what had begun as an escape from the clutches of a seductive demoness - and a pilgrimage to the Good Magician Humfrey - was now an errand of of mercy. A running river paradise and its harmless inhabitants were perishing in the wrathful wake of a greedy demon horde. And it was up to Esk and his new-found companions - a beautiful winged centaur and a brave burrower named Volney - to search Xanth's treacherous reaches,gathering together a mind-boggling company of the creatures to defend the precious Vale of the Vole!"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1987
This Edition: Avon, October 1987
Cover Art: Darrell Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #10

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Dragon's Gold

"When Kelvin was a child, his mother read to him from the Book of Prophecy and he asked what the poem meant. Now he was about to learn. The Kingdom of Rud languishes under the heel of a usurper; an evil sorcerer has taken the throne in the name of his wicked daughter. Even deep in the forest, away from all power, the people tremble and await the day of prophecy's fulfillment. It cannot come too soon: Charlain and her children are soon to lose their home to the tax collector. But Kelvin and Jon have other plans. They have found a dragon's territory where scales of purest gold, shed by the dragon, lie free on the ground for anyone with courage, or innocence, to take. And the words of Mouvar the prophet echo across Rud."

Original Publication: Tor, July 1987
This Edition: Tor, July 1987
Cover Art: Steve Hickman
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Adventures of Kelvin of Rud Series, Book #1 - Collaboration with Robert E. Margroff

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Wielding a Red Sword

"Mym was a dutiful son, but his father the Rajah interfered with his love life once too often. Rather than wed without love, he took up the Red Sword, symbol of the office of the Incarnation of War. At first he thought his efforts could ameliorate some of the suffering caused by Earth's constant petty wars. But he found that behind all his involvement were the clever traps of Satan. When seeming mischance placed him in Hell, Mym organized a great rebellion among the Damned. And Satan seemed to capitulate. But free again, Mym learned that Satan had been busy stirring up riots and war. Now it seemed things had gone too far and Satan must surely win. There was only one desperate chance..."

Original Publication: Del Rey, October 1986
This Edition: Del Rey, July 1987
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #4

Review:


Ghost

"Welcome home, Spacer Starship Captain Shetland feels like a ghost on his own planet: Earth is an energy starved madhouse of compulsory sex and forced interbreeding, where eating meat and casting shadows are felonies - and spacers are hated as power "wasters." In fact, Shetland's life is dedicated to finding new energy for Earth - a search that takes him into deepest space. And deepest time. For Shetland is commander of the Meg II, a time-ship assigned to explore the void beyond the universe. What Shetland and his crew fine are - ghosts. First the ghost of the ship's dead chemist. Then ghosts of dead planets, dead stars, dead nebulae. A galaxy-sized black hole - the ghost of a cosmos, the ghost of all reality...and beyond it, beyond the Specter of Time...The most powerful, terrifying, malignant ghost of all..."

Original Publication: Tor, September 1986
This Edition: Tor, December 1987
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

Notes:

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Out of Phaze

"Welcome to the astonishing parallel worlds of Phaze and Proton. Where magic and science maintain an uneasy truce. Where an accidental mind-switch plunges an apprentice wizard from Phaze into the mind-boggling technology of Proton. And where a robot named Mach is, in turn, swept away to a world of bizarre and terrifying wonders: the dazzling world of Phaze"

Original Publication: Ace, June 1987
This Edition: Ace, April 1988
Cover Art: Darrell Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #4

Review:


Heaven Cent

"To Xanth's precocious shape-shifted Prince Dolph, searching for Humpfrey, the missing sorcerer, is a perfect chance to see the world. Setting off with his faithful companion Marrow, an enchanted skeleton, he will penetrate an island of illusion, escape a goblin kingdom, outwit a husband-hungry mermaid, nest-sit for fiery dragons and find romance with a slinky snake princess all on his way to discovering a magic coin with the answers!"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1988
This Edition: Avon, October 1988
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

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Bio of an Ogre

"Prepare yourself for a rich, compelling journey into the very private mind of a brilliant storyteller: creator of the beloved "Xanth" and "Apprentice Adept" series; an artist as provocative and disarmingly honest as he is wondrously original the incomparable Piers Anthony. This is his story. A personal odyssey as colorful and unique as the worlds he creates..."

Original Publication: Ace, May 1988
This Edition: Ace, May 1988
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #11

Review:


Blue Adept

"For Stile, life was a matter of shuttling madly between two worlds, with the problems growing greater in each. On the science world of Proton, he was a serf, trying to prove his right to exist by competing in the Great Games. On phase, where only magic worked, he was the Blue Adept, trying to master the powers of sorcery. And on both worlds, someone was trying to assassinate him. Aside from winning increasingly difficult contests with no time to prepare, all he had to do was win the love of the Lady Blue, fight a dragon, discover the ultimate weapon and of course, seek the paranoid adept or the all-powerful Citizen who was trying to kill him! And now, just when things were growing impossible, he had to fight a mortal duel with the unicorn Herd Leader, against whom his magic powers were useless! In this brilliant continuation of the epic adventure that began in Split Infinity, Piers Anthony again proves himself a master of both fantasy and science fiction."

Original Publication: Del Rey, May 1981
This Edition: Del Rey, February 1989
Cover Art: Rowena Morrill
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #2

Review:


Man from Mundania

"The Quest Continues There is nothing more exciting than a Quest, especially for a young princess of Xanth who's bored with sitting around Castle Roogna. But when Ivy uses the Heaven Cent, it takes her not to the top of Mount Rushmost, where the winged monsters gather, not to the sea where the merfolk swim, - but to Mundania, a boring world (much like our own), where she meets a young college student so dull that he doesn't even believe in magic, or princesses, or Xanth! Does he ever have a lot to learn!"

Original Publication: Avon, October 1989
This Edition: Avon, October 1989
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #12

Review:


Serpent's Silver

"A Roundear there Shall Surely Be Born to be strong, raised to be free Fighting Dragons in his Youth Leading Armies, Nothing Loth Ridding his Country of a Sore Joining Two, then uniting Four Until from Seven there be One Only then will his Task be Done..Serpent's Silver"

Original Publication: Tor, December 1988
This Edition: Tor, November 1989
Cover Art: M.Morales
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with Robert E. Margroff

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For Love of Evil

"The man who would be Satan. Perry was a gifted musician and an apprentice in the arts of Which Magic. But his life of sweet promise went disastrously awry following the sudden violent death of his beloved Jolie. Led down the twisted path of wickedness and depravity by Lilah the harlot demoness, Parry thrived - first as a sorcerer, then as a monk and finally as a feared inquisitor. But it wasn't until his mortal flame was extinguished that Parry found his true calling - as the incarnation of Evil. And, at the gates of Hell, he prepared to wage war on the master himself - Lucifer, the dark Lord - with dominion over the infernal realms the ultimate prize!"

Original Publication: William Morrow, November 1988
This Edition: Avon, February 1990
Cover Art: Rowena Morrill
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #6

Review:


Unicorn Point

"Neither the magic of Phaze, nor the technology of Proton, can save the parallel worlds from a ruthless takeover. The fight for freedom must be waged by Mach and Bane, robot and wizard, linked between worlds. But they are not the only ones with this strange ability. For their children have been born - each possessing powers the enemy could never imagine"

Original Publication: Ace/Putnam, April 1989
This Edition: Ace, January 1990
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #6

Review:


Isle of View

"Perplexed Prince Dolph, Xanth's precocious shapeshifter, should be in love, but isn't. Nonetheless, he must choose between two fiancées - Nada the uninterested and Electra the uninteresting - or all three of them will suffer the most dire consequences. Luckily a convenient catastrophe has popped up to distract Dolph from his dilemma - the foal-napping of young Che Centaur by goblins. And the only one who knows where Che is is a nice but remarkably naive girl named Jenny from the World of Two Moons. If anyone can save the missing centaur...she sure can't!"

Original Publication: William Morrow, October 1990
This Edition: Avon, October 1990
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #13

Review:


Orc's Opal

"The Prophecy of Mouvar is running its course in the many frames of reality inhabited by Kelvin Knight Hackleberry and his family. The Two Kingdoms joined to form Kelvinia have now been united with three others, to make a great confederation under the rule of the young twin kinds, Kildom and Kildee. And Kelvin has earned some time to rest with its family: Hein and their children Charles and Merlain and the one other. But Kelvin's enemies are not all dead. One at least lives to seek vengeance for the deaths of Zoanna and Rufurt. The evil witch Zady, who raised Zoanna and taught her every evil, has sworn not to rest until Kelvin has suffered as she suffered: Zady has sworn that Kelvin will pay with the lives of his children. Charles and Merlain and their dragon brother Horace, are now very precocious six-year-olds who idolize their father. How difficult will it be, Zady wonders, to lure them into a quest of their own, a quest that will draw the confederation into a war it cannot win, and bring death and ruin down on all Kelvin holds dear."

Original Publication: Tor, November 1990
This Edition: Tor, December 1991
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

The Adventures of Kelvin of Rud Series, Book #4 - collaboration with Robert E. Margroff

Review:


On a Pale Horse

"Shooting Death was a mistake, as Zane soon discovered. For the man who killed the Incarnation of Death was immediately forced to assume the vacant position! Thereafter, he must speed all over the world, riding his pale horse and ending the lives of others. Zane was forced to accept his unwelcome task, despite the rules that seemed woefully unfair. But then he found himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved. He could see only one possible way to defeat the Father of Lies. It was unthinkable - but he had no other solution."

Original Publication: Del Rey, October 1983
This Edition: Del Rey, May 1990
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #1

Review:


And Eternity

"After an overwhelming succession of tragedies, life has finally, mercifully ended for Orlene, once-mortal daughter of Gaea. Joined in afterlife by Jolie - her protector and the sometime consort of Satan himself - together they seek out a third: Vita, a very contemporary mortal with troubles, attractions, and an unsettling moral code uniquely her own. An extraordinary triumvirate, they embark on a great quest to reawaken the incarnation of Good in a world where evil reigns - facing challenges that will test the very fiber of their beings with trails as numerous as mysterious, and as devastating as the incarnations themselves."

Original Publication: William Morrow, January 1990
This Edition: Avon, February 1991
Cover Art: Rowena Morrill
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #7

Review:


Golem in the Gears

"Grundy Golem was the size of an inconsequence, and nobody had any respect for him - including Grundy! To prove himself, he volunteered to ride the Monster Under the Bed to the Ivory Tower to find little Ivy's long-lost dragon, Stanley Steamer. After many adventures, he reached the Tower, to learn that the evil Sea Hag kept lovely Rapunzel imprisoned there, her body destined to be used to maintain the witch's immortality. Grundy managed to free the damsel, and they fled together. As the descendant of Jordan the Barbarian and bluebell Elf, Rapunzel could become any size, even that of any Golem's dreamgirl. But Grundy knew she was surely fated for someone better than he. Besides, the Sea Hag still pursued them to destroy him and get her back. And he still hadn't found Stanley Steamer."

Original Publication: Del Rey, February 1986
This Edition: Del Rey, January 1991
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #9

Review:


Virtual Mode

"Imagine a world where the clouds are made of crystals that constantly change their beautiful colors. Where joy is sacred. Where conjurers fly people from village to village. Imagine, too, that this world and more exist simultaneously and that is possible to travel between them...virtual mode. At first Colene didn't believe the strange man she found lying on the side of the road. He spoke of a different world filled with wonder, was dressed in clothes she had never seen before, and knew a language she had never heard. He said that he loved her and wanted to take her back to his home. Colene suspected Darius was crazy - until he vanished before her eyes. Well, if falling in love was crazy, Colene was now fully prepared to say goodbye to reality - and hello to an infinite world of dragons and monsters and impossible dreams."

Original Publication: Ace, February 1991
This Edition: Ace, December 1991
Cover Art: Daniel R. Home
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Mode Series, Book #1

Review:


Phaze Doubt

"At last! Piers Anthony presents the final, enthralling chapter of his acclaimed Apprentice Adept series. The dual worlds of magic and science - Phaze and Proton - are threatened by a terrifying species of beings, more powerful and destructive than any force on the planet. Only two special children, Nepe and Flach, will dare to fight back - by befriending one of the enemy..."

Original Publication: Ace, June 1990
This Edition: Ace, January 1991
Cover Art: Darrell Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Apprentice Adept Series, Book #7

Review:


Firefly

"It lures you in with the sensual promise of ecstasy beyond imagining. It seduces with a scent erotic and carnal, unleashing the raw animal passion in its once-civilized human-prey. And it kills with a terrible rapture no man or woman can resist. Beware the touch of Firefly. In its unearthly embrace awaits heaven and hell."

Original Publication: William Morrow, August 1990
This Edition: Avon, March 1992
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

Notes:

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Fractal Mode

"Five special people are the anchor points to a path across parallel universes. There is Darius, of the sympathetic magic Nona, the ninth child of a ninth child Seqiro, the telepathic horse Provos, who remembers only the future and Colene, the girl from earth who learned that all dreams are possible. Held captive in Nona's home universe, Colene and her friends must help fulfill a dangerous prophecy that one day women will take the power of magic away from the cruel men who control it. But first, Nona must cross the barrier to another universe to that strange and unpredictable place called Earth."

Original Publication: Ace, January 1992
This Edition: Ace, December 1992
Cover Art: Daniel R. Home
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Mode Series, Book #2

Review:


Bearing an Hourglass

"When life seemed pointless to Norton, he accepted the position as the Incarnation of Time, even though it meant living backward from present to past. The other seemingly all-powerful Incarnations of Immortality Death, Fate, War and Nature made him welcome. Even Satan greeted him with gifts. But he soon discovered that the gifts were cunning traps. While he had been distracted, he had become enmeshed in complex scheme of the Evil One to destroy all that was good. In the end, armed only with the Hourglass, Norton was forced to confront the immense power of Satan directly. And though Satan banished him to Hell, he was resolved to fight on."

Original Publication: Del Rey, August 1984
This Edition: Del Rey, August 1991
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book #2

Review:


Through the Ice

"What a turn reality had taken! He has been about to drown and then turned up on a world where magic governed. Now he was committed to a quest whose nature he knew virtually nothing about, except that it would be dangerous"

Year of Publication: Underwood-Miller, November 1989
This Edition: Baen, April 1992
Cover Art: Daniel R. Home
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with Robert Kornwise. Kornwise passed away while in high school and his friends sent an unpublished manuscript to Anthony, pleading with him to assist in getting it published.

Review:


Mercycle

"Combine: one ordinary bicycle one fearless explorer, one miracle of technology Add: oceans of water, a mermaid or two, a dash of danger, stir and enjoy!"

Original Publication: Ace, August 1992
This Edition: Ace, August 1992
Cover Art: Barclay Shaw
Format: Paperback

Notes:

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Tatham Mound

"They inhabit the unspoiled swamplands, mountain plains and verdant forests of the vast North American continent - warriors, shamans, hunters and farmers of sundry tribes and cultures. And one man travels among them - a speaker of many tongues born "Hotfoot" but renamed "Throat Shot" as a creul consequence of a hunting raid. From the burial mound of his ancestors, the spirits set him on his life's path - impelling the young brave through war and hardship, through magical wonder and passionate love, on a mystical quest to deliver his people from the devastation that bears relentlessly down upon them."

Year of Publication: William Morrow, September 1991
This Edition: Avon, October 1992
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

Notes:

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Mouvar's Magic

"The mysterious prophecy that has shaped the life of Kelvin Knight Hackleberry and his family seems nearly to have run its course. The Two Kingdoms that were joined by Kelvin to form Kelvinia have now been united with three others, to make a great confederation under the rule of the young twin kings, Kildom and Kildee. Kelvin has earned some time to rest with him family. Charles and Merlain are now twenty years old, and so is Dragon Horace, their brother who is the Great king of all the land. But the clouds of the last battle are gathering. The evil Professor Devale and his witch servant Zady had been foiled in their attempt to destroy Kelvin by using his children their evil plot had led to be a stronger, more peaceful land under its rightful rulers. Now they will try one last time to pervert all that is good in the universe of the frames and although the Prophecy of Mouvar has been accurate up to now, still there is a chance that evil will prevail."

Year of Publication: Tor, August 1992
This Edition: Tor, May 1993
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

The Adventures of Kelvin of Rud Series, Book #5 - collaboration with Robert E. Margroff

Review:


If I Pay Thee Not In Gold

"In the Age of the Mazonians woman rule through magic - and men suffer what they must. Magical creations only last for a single day (magical food is great for dieting), but that is quite long enough for casting a giant wet blanket (if you're feeling kind) over a would-be rampaging male - or block of granite (if you're not). No uppity males in Mazonia! But then as now some people rise above what they've taught. One such is Xylina; somehow she has always understood that being of the wrong gender, or even lacking magical power, is no reason for stripping a human being of dignity. How ironic, then, that the Queen has ordained that in order to avoid execution Xylina must use her magic to publicly conquer the most glorious male Mazonia has ever seen - and how doubly so that together he and Xylina will transform their world."

Year of Publication: Baen, July 1993
This Edition: Baen, October 1994
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with Mercedes Lackey

Review:


Demons Don't Dream

"Beloved by millions of readers around the world, Piers Anthony's Xanth novels are among the most popular fantasy adventures ever published. Demons Don't Dream begins a thrilling new Xanth sequence, as a pair of young adventurers play for the highest stakes of all: the future of Xanth and earth as well! Drawn into Xanth by a harmless-looking computer game, two young people find themselves competing for a precious prize: Dug, who is beguiled by a beautiful serpent princess, and Kim, who discovers her favorite fantasy realm has suddenly become frighteningly real. In a desperate race against time, Dug and Kim battle their way across the wondrous perilous land of Xanth, testing their courage against dozens of fearsome obstacles (and their wits against a host of outrageous puns!). But when treachery, danger, and deceit place Xanth itself in peril, Dug and Kim learn that some things are more important than winning of losing. A breathtaking, madcap quest filled with fearsome monsters and far-fetching fun, Demons Don't Dream is vintage Xanth, an unforgettable escapade from fantasy's most imaginative storyteller."

Original Publication: Tor, February 1993
This Edition: Tor, February 1994
Cover Art: Darrell Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #16

Review:


Killobyte

"In the game of Killobyte a wheelchair-bound cop can stand and fight an army of sorcerers and dragons. In the game of Killobyte a heartbroken girl can heal her pain through role-playing magic and adventure. In the game of Killobyte a mystery player can satisfy his urge to kill and kill again. Until fantasy is not enough. It's time to raise the stakes."

Original Publication: Ace, January 1993
This Edition: Ace, January 1994
Cover Art: Den Beauvais
Format: Paperback

Notes:

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Chaos Mode

"The third chapter in the Moda saga reunites some old friends Colene, the young woman from Earth grappling with terrible suicidal depressions Darius, the king from another planet who won her love and Seqiro the telepathic horse who shares their incredible journeys. Together they travel a shimmering path between the parallel universes that are both wondrous and dangerous. Now Colene and her friends are embarking on their most daunting adventure yet. Going with them is a strange new friend named Burgess - a tentacled alien unlike any known. They're all heading back to Earth, where Colene can make peace with her estranged parents. And put to rest the childhood events that have been haunting her soul for a very long time."

Original Publication: Ace/Putnam, January 1994
This Edition: Ace, January 1995
Cover Art: Romas Kukalis
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Mode Series, Book #3

Review:


The Caterpillar's Question

"In an alternate world far removed from our own, a struggling art student named Jack finds himself in the middle of an intergalactic battle against a tyrannical empire. But only one force can hope to overcome this enemy - the Imago, an immortal spirit capable of immense power. Anyone of anything anywhere can be the Imago...even a mute, crippled human girl."

Year of Publication: Ace, October 1992
This Edition: Ace, May 1995
Cover Art: Romas Kukalis
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with Philip Jose Farmer. The authors wrote alternating chapters.

Review:


Geis of the Gargoyle

"Since Xanth began, the gargoyles of that magical place have been under a magical compulsion to protect the purity of the Swan Knee River which flows into Xanth from dreary Mundania. But recently the pollution from the outside world has grown even greater, and young Gary Gar, latest in a long line of gargoyle guardians, is finding it ever more difficult to fulfill his responsibilities. So Gary does what any sensible Xanth resident with a dire dilemma would do. He goes to see the Good Magician Humfrey, who sends him on a peculiar quest - to transform himself into human shape, to transform himself into human shape, tutor a precocious child with more than her share of wild magical talents, and find a philter which can restore the river to its previous pristine state."

Original Publication: Tor, February 1995
This Edition: Tor, February 1996
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Xanth #18

Review:


Balook

"He was the largest mammal of prehistoric times. Now computers, genetic engineering, and a touch of luck have brought one of these magnificent creatures back to life and into the life of a boy named Thor Nemmon. Nicknamed Balook, this nine-ton hornless rhinoceros has been living peacefully in his sealed off scientific compound - content to play with his only friend, Thor. The world beyond the fence remains a mystery...But now, Balook has broken free. He's become bigger and stronger - and he's suddenly ready to leave his quest home, to encounter danger, excitement, and adventure. Balook is ready to discover the world. But is the world ready for Balook?"

Original Publication: Underwood-Miller, January 1991
This Edition: Ace, January 1997
Cover Art: Patrick Woodroffe
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Review:


Quest For the Fallen Star

"Beneath the twin suns Ellistar and Deneob, the Realm of Infinitera is menaced by the Dark One and his minions, the Illcreatures. And in these strange times has come a thing never seen before: a star which has tumbled from the sky, holding a power of evil even more dangerous than the Dark One himself. Now, to save the Realm, the High Bishop charges a lonely group of travelers with a crucial task: carrying the mightiest weapon ever known, the Thunderwood Staff, to safety in the Holy City of Norivika. Running before the storm, this doughty band must traverse the world, and learn the true nature of the Fallen Star, in order to stave off the Dark...."

Original Publication: Tor, July 1998
This Edition: Tor, July 1999
Cover Art: Tristan Elwell
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Collaboration with James Richey and Alan Riggs.

Review:


Muse of Art

"A towering testament of ambition and desire, hope and despair. Piers Anthony's epic geodyssey sage is nothing less than the story of humanity itself, as seen through the eyes of a handful of courageous passionate men and women reborn again and again in some of the most turbulent ages of history. Muse of Art is the newest chapter in his astonishing chronicle, probing the heart of our deepest fears and highest aspirations, illuminating the spark that makes us what we are. It is the arts that truly define humanity and set us apart from all other species on earth. In a rousing passionate story that ranges from the mists of prehistory to a terrifyingly plausible near future, Must of Art explores the special talents that have inspired and motivated us since the earliest days of our existence: curiosity and creativity, seduction and survival, destruction and healing."

Original Publication: Tor, May 1999
This Edition: Tor, December 2000
Cover Art: Tristan Elwell
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Geodyssey Series, Book #4

Review:


The Dastard

"The Dastard is an all-new Xanth adventure that blends high hilarity with scary suspense. Many malevolent menaces have imperiled the magical land of Xanth in its long and storied history. But, none has been as despicably dangerous as the Dastard - a craven miscreant who sold his soul to a detestable demon for the power to erase events. Now the entire future of Xanth is at the mercy of his every whim. Only a young dragon-girl named Becka has the power to stop his devious deeds!"

Original Publication: Tor, October 2000
This Edition: Tor, October 2000
Cover Art: Darrell K. Sweet
Format: Hardback

Notes:

Xanth #24

Review:


The Iron Maiden

Original Publication: Xilbris, March 2002
This Edition: Xilbris, March 2002
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Trade Paperback

Notes:

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series, Book #6

Review:


Jumper Cable

Original Publication: Tor, October 2009
This Edition: Tor, October 2009
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Trade Hardback

Notes:

Review:


Orn

"Three humans and an extraordinary alien creature in a quest across the face of a counter-earth in turmoil: Cal is a wise and courageous old man whose courage overcomes his wisdom in a deadly encounter with a towering and majestic monster. Veg is a strong and sensitive man whose total loyalty to the exploration team is fearfully tested in the wilds of the killer planet. Aquilon is a beautiful young woman, an artist and adventurer, who forms a strange and haunting friendship with a creature who cannot speak. Orn is a great, powerful, lethal bird a bird with a subtle and fascinating alien intelligence and a surprising and unique reason for living."

Original Publication: Nelson/Doubleday, September 1971
This Edition: Avon, November 1978
Cover Art: Ron Walotsky
Format: Paperback

Notes:

Of Man and Manta Series, Book #2

Review:

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