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.
Elizabeth Lynn is an openly lesbian science fiction and fantasy writer who has written numerous works featuring positive gay protagonists. Her Chronicles of Tornor novels (1979–80), the first book of which, Watchtower, won the World Fantasy Award, were among the first fantasy novels to have gay relationships as an unremarkable part of the cultural background, and included explicit and sympathetic depictions of same-sex love. The other books in this series are The Dancers of Arun (1979); and Northern Girl (1980) - this third novel is of particular lesbian interest.
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. Her SF novel A Different Light (1978) featured a same-sex relationship between two men. The magical lesbian tale "The Woman Who Loved the Moon" also won a World Fantasy Award and is the title story in Lynn's The Woman Who Loved the Moon collection along with other gay speculative fiction stories. 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).
Novels and novella
- A Different Light (1978), ISBN 0-425-04824-1
- The Chronicles of Tornor
- The Sardonyx Net (1981), ISBN 0-425-05326-1
- The Woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories (1981), ISBN 0-425-05161-7
- The Silver Horse (1981), ISBN 0-312-94404-7
- The Red Hawk (novella, 1984)
- Dragon's Winter (1998), ISBN 0-441-00502-0
- Dragon's Treasure (2004), ISBN 0-441-01196-9
- "Jubilee's Story" (in Millennial Women, 1978)
- "The Silver Dragon" (in Wings of Fire, 2010), ISBN 978-1-59780-187-4
- Garber & Paleo, "Elizabeth A. Lynn: Biographical note" p. 84
- Garber & Paleo, "A different light" p. 83
- Garber & Paleo, "The Dancers of Arun" p. 83
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- "Locus: Elizabeth A. Lynn interview". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- Garber & Paleo, "The Woman Who Loved the Moon", "The Man Who Was Pregnant", "Jubilees's Story" "The White King's Dream" p. 83