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Christopher Stasheff
Christopher Stasheff in 1969
Christopher Stasheff in 1969
BornChristopher Boris Stasheff
(1944-01-15)January 15, 1944
Mount Vernon, New York, US
DiedJune 10, 2018(2018-06-10) (aged 74)
Champaign, Illinois, US
  • Professor
  • novelist
  • short story author
GenreScience fiction, science fantasy, fantasy
Notable worksThe Warlock in Spite of Himself, Her Majesty's Wizard, A Wizard in Bedlam

Christopher Stasheff (15 January 1944[1] – 10 June 2018[2][3]) was an American science fiction and fantasy author[4][5] whose novels include The Warlock in Spite of Himself[6] (1969) and Her Majesty's Wizard (1986).


He received a bachelor's degree and a master of arts in radio-TV at the University of Michigan and a PhD in theater from the University of Nebraska.


From 1972 to 1987, he taught at Montclair State College, then moved to Champaign, Illinois, and became a full-time writer. In 2000, he resumed teaching radio and television, at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. He retired in 2009 and moved back to Champaign. Chris died on June 10, 2018, from Parkinson's disease.[7][8] Stasheff has been noted for his blending of science fiction and fantasy, as seen in his Warlock series, which placed an "'epic fantasy' in a science-fictional frame".[9][10][11] Stasheff's writing is often seen in the moral and ethical mentor style similar to Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks, or J. R. R. Tolkien.[12]


The DDT future continuity[edit]

  • Saint Vidicon to the Rescue (2005)
  • Escape Velocity (1983)
  • Mind Out of Time (2003) (Short story collection)

Starship Troupers[edit]

  • A Company of Stars (1991)[13]
  • We Open on Venus (1993)[14]
  • A Slight Detour (1994)[15]
  • The Unknown Guest (2012) (self published)

Warlock of Gramayre[edit]

  • The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969)
  • King Kobold (1971, revised as King Kobold Revived (1984))
  • The Warlock Unlocked (1982)[16]
  • The Warlock Enraged (1985)
  • The Warlock Wandering (1986)
  • The Warlock Is Missing (1986)
  • The Warlock Heretical (1987)
  • The Warlock's Companion (1988)[17]
  • The Warlock Insane (1989)[18]
  • The Warlock Rock (1990)
  • Warlock and Son (1991)
  • The Warlock's Last Ride (2004)

Ominbus editions:

  • To the Magic Born (1986): Escape Velocity, The Warlock in Spite of Himself
  • Odd Warlock Out (1989): The Warlock Heretical, The Warlock's Companion, The Warlock Insane
  • Warlock: To the Magic Born (1990): Escape Velocity, The Warlock in Spite of Himself, King Kobold Revived
  • The Warlock Enlarged (1991):King Kobold Revived, The Warlock Unlocked, The Warlock Enraged
  • The Warlock's Night Out (1991): The Warlock Wandering, The Warlock is Missing

Rogue Wizard[edit]

  • A Wizard in Bedlam (1979)[16]
  • A Wizard in Absentia (1993)
  • A Wizard in Mind (1995)
  • A Wizard in War (1995)[19]
  • A Wizard in Peace (1996)
  • A Wizard in Chaos (1997)
  • A Wizard in Midgard [pre-publication title A Wizard in Elfland] (1998)
  • A Wizard and a Warlord (2000)
  • A Wizard in the Way (2000)
  • A Wizard in a Feud (2001)

The Warlock's Heirs[edit]

  • M'lady Witch (1994)
  • Quicksilver's Knight (1995)
  • The Spell-bound Scholar (1999)
  • Here Be Monsters (2001)

A Wizard in Rhyme[edit]

  • Her Majesty's Wizard (1986)
  • The Oathbound Wizard (1993)
  • The Witch Doctor (1994)
  • The Secular Wizard (1995)
  • My Son, the Wizard (1997)
  • The Haunted Wizard (1999)
  • The Crusading Wizard (2000)
  • The Feline Wizard (2000)

Star Stone[edit]

  • The Shaman (1995)
  • The Sage (1996)


  • The Crafters (1991) (with Bill Fawcett)
  • Blessings and Curses (1992)

Harold Shea (with L. Sprague de Camp)[edit]

Mage Knight[edit]

  • Stolen Prophecy (2003)

Other novels[edit]

Standalone collections[edit]

  • The Gods of War (1992)
  • Dragon's Eye (1994)
  • The Day the Magic Stopped (with Bill Fawcett) (1995)



  1. ^ "Christopher Stasheff". Worlds Without End. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Announcement of his death on his son's Facebook page
  3. ^ "Author Christopher Stasheff Succumbs To Parkinson's Disease". June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Weis, Margaret (November 1, 1997). "A MAGIC-LOVER'S TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC". Kirkus Reviews. Aspect/Warner. Twenty substantial stories featuring magic in all its many and startling guises...Wrapping up the all-star cast are Orson Scott Card...and Christopher Stasheff
  5. ^ "Williamson lectureship set". The Portales News-Tribune. March 30, 2008. pp. Section State and Regional News. Also speaking at the lectureship is Christopher Stasheff, associate professor of communication at ENMU...Stasheff's work includes the 'Warlock of Gramarye' series, 'Rogue Wizard' and the novel Saint Vidicon to the Rescue. He has also contributed to series such as 'Wing Commander "End Run"' and 'Mage Knight Stolen Prophecy.'
  6. ^ "Real Men Don't Wait for the Movie". Aberdeen American News. November 26, 2003. p. 4a. But there are lots of books that have exactly the type of male heroes we ought to emulate..."The Warlock in Spite of Himself" (and its many sequels) by Christopher Stasheff...gives us insight into every stage of marriage from courtship, to the raising of children, to the empty nest.
  7. ^ Pokorney, Therese (June 26, 2018). "A Life Remembered: Prolific sci-fi author used people of C-U as his muses". The News-Gazette. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "The (mostly) Serious Biography of Christopher Stasheff". christopher.stasheff.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Christopher Stasheff". FantasticFiction. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  10. ^ Buker, Derek M. (2002). The science fiction and fantasy readers' advisory:the librarian's guide to cyborgs, aliens, and sorcerers. ALA Editions. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0-8389-0831-0.
  11. ^ Mullen, R. D. (1975). "Review: The Garland Library of Science Fiction". Science Fiction Studies. 2 (3): 288.
  12. ^ "Christopher Stasheff, the Soothsayer in Spite of Himself". John C. Wright's Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Tonight in T.O.". The Toronto Star. May 6, 1994. pp. ENTERTAINMENT, Pg. F10. I'm reading something that combines the two loves of my life: science fiction and theatre. It's Christopher Stasheff's A Company Of Stars, from his Starship Troupers series.
  14. ^ "Cherryh Returns to Old Form". Chicago Sun-Times. February 6, 1994. pp. SHOW, SCIENCE FICTION, Pg. 15, NC. Christopher Stasheff's We Open on Venus...takes his Starship Troupers to a planet that reminds one of a football-mad Texas town. This series is going to stand on Stasheff's knowledge of and love for the theater; so far it stands well.
  15. ^ "Beach-blanket fluff giving way to meatier fare". The Denver Post. July 31, 1994. pp. A SECTION, Pg. F–08. I found myself reading Christopher Stasheff's "A Slight Detour," volume three of the "Starship Troupers" series
  16. ^ a b "Games People Play; Unconventional Warfare At The Fantasy Fair". The Washington Post. June 27, 1983. pp. Style, B1. Science fiction author Christopher Stasheff ("A Wizard in Bedlam" and "The Warlock Unlocked") gave a lecture on the relationship between science fiction and fantasy gaming.
  17. ^ "Literary recycling has its advantages". The Toronto Star. February 4, 1989. pp. MAGAZINE, Pg. M6. Christopher Stasheff's The Warlock Series has now reached nine titles, and The Warlock's Companion...exemplifies the reasons for its longevity. Here it is the faithful cybernetic steed Fess whose adventures are featured in a string of exciting tales, as Stasheff fills in some of the background of his pleasant fantasy realm.
  18. ^ "Firmly in the tradition of sophisticated moralists". The Toronto Star. September 23, 1989. More conventional fare of the wizards-and-warriors variety is provided by two other new titles. Christopher Stasheff's The Warlock Insane ...continues the eventful and often quite humorous "Warlock" series
  19. ^ "X-Men on this week's top seller list; Library, Lone Star Comics tell local readers' selections". The Dallas Morning News. June 14, 1996. pp. WEEKEND, Pg. 2B. Here are some of the books people in Arlington are reading this week:...8. Rogue Wizard: A Wizard in War, by Christopher Stasheff

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