Elizabeth A. Lynn


Elizabeth A. Lynn

Elizabeth A. Lynn (born 1946) is a US writer most known for fantasy and to a lesser extent science fiction. She is particularly known for being one of the first writers in science fiction or fantasy to introduce gay and lesbian characters; in honor of Lynn, the GLBT bookstore "A Different Light" took its name from her novel.

Literary biography

Lynn's best-known series, "The Chronicles of Tornor", comprises three novels: "Watchtower" (1979) (which won the World Fantasy Award); "The Dancers of Arun" (1979); and "Northern Girl" (1980). The series is a fantasy trilogy of loosely connected stories. "Watchtower" is the story of a young man; "The Dancers of Arun" similarly is the story of a love relationship between two men; and "Northern Girl" is the story of a young woman, whose lover is an older military woman.

Lynn's early science fiction novels were similarly ground-breaking in their treatment of sexual themes. In "The Sardonyx Net" (1981), one of the primary characters is a sexual sadist. The SF novel "A Different Light" (1978) featured a same-sex relationship between two men, and inspired the name of the LGBT bookstore, "A Different Light". [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/elizabeth-a-lynn/] [http://www.locusmag.com/1997/Issues/10/Lynn.html] Both these novels featured the science fiction concept hyperspace.

Lynn more recently began a new fantasy series, again featuring gay relationships: "Dragon's Winter" (1998) and "Dragon's Treasure" (2004).

Bibliography

Novels and novella

* "A Different Light" (1978)
* "Watchtower" (1979)
* "The Dancers of Arun" (1979)
* "The Northern Girl" (1980)
* "The Sardonyx Net" (1981)
* "The Woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories" (1981)
* "The Silver Horse" (1981)
* "The Red Hawk" (novella, 1984)
* "Dragon's Winter" (1998)
* "Dragon's Treasure" (2004)

hort stories

* "Jubilee's Story" (in "Millennial Women", 1978)

References

*The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, page 743
* [http://wiki.feministsf.net/index.php?title=Elizabeth_A._Lynn Elizabeth A. Lynn entry] at the Feminist SF wiki

External links

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* [http://scifan.com/writers/ll/LynnElizabeth.asp scifan]


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