David Zindell

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David Zindell
Born (1952-11-28) November 28, 1952 (age 70)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationFiction writer
GenreSpeculative fiction

David Zindell (born November 28, 1952) is an American writer known for science fiction and fantasy epics.

Writing career[edit]

Zindell's first published story was "The Dreamer's Sleep" in Fantasy Book in 1984. His novelette Shanidar, which shared a background with his first novel Neverness, won the Writers of the Future contest in 1985. He followed Neverness with a trilogy called A Requiem for Homo Sapiens, which is a sequel.

Zindell's fantasy series The Ea Cycle has as a theme the evolution of consciousness, through the method of fantasy. The plot concerns a prince named Valashu Elahad searching for a relic called the Lightstone to stop the immortal Morjin, Lord of Lies, who seeks to create a world filled with madness.

In 2015 he published Splendor, a nonfiction book, and in 2017 he published The Idiot Gods, a novel told from the point of view of intelligent killer whales.

Style and Themes[edit]

John Clute wrote that Zindell was a "romantic, ambitious, and skilled" writer.[1] Zindell has described his style as an attempt to communicate the connectedness of things, the connection between mysticism and evolution, and the possibilities of life,[2] and his fiction as an attempt to heal false dichotomies such as materialism and spirituality.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Zindell was born in Toledo, Ohio, and resides today in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a test coach;[4] he received a BA in mathematics and minored in anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[5]


Neverness Universe[edit]

Ea Cycle[edit]

  • The Lightstone (London: Harper Voyager, August 2001); also published as two volumes, The Ninth Kingdom and The Silver Sword (Voyager, 2002)
  • The Lightstone, revised edition (Tor Books, June 2006) – first American ed. of volume one
  • The Silver Sword (Tor, 2007) – American sequel
  • The Lord of Lies (Voyager, 2003); US ed., Tor, 2008
  • Black Jade (Voyager, 2005); not released in U.S.
  • The Diamond Warriors (Voyager, 2007); not released in U.S.

Other novels[edit]

  • The Orca's Song (originally published as The Idiot Gods, Harper Voyager, July 2017)

Other short stories[edit]

  • "The Dreamer's Sleep", Fantasy Book, December 1984
  • "Caverns", Interzone (UK), Winter 1985/86
  • "When the Rose Is Dead", Full Spectrum 3, June 1991


  • Read This (1994)
  • Splendor (Bhodi Books, 2015)


  1. ^ Clute, John: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, page 1368. Orbit, 1993
  2. ^ "Storms of Numbers, Chalices of Light: an interview with David Zindell". infinityplus.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  3. ^ "David Zindell: Back to Roots". Locus.com. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Colorado Test Prep for SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT". davidzindellcoaching.com. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  5. ^ Charles N. Brown. "David Zindell: Back to Roots" (excerpt), Locus 44:6, No. 473 (June 2000). Retrieved 2000-09-07.

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