Jane Fancher

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Jane Suzanne Fancher (born 1952) is a science fiction and fantasy author and artist. She has published six science fiction and fantasy novels as well as two short stories.


In the early 1980s she worked for Warp Graphics as an art assistant on Elfquest, providing inking assistance on the black and white comics and coloring on Books 2 and 3 of the original graphic novel reprints. Subsequent reprint editions have omitted her name from the art credits, and later graphic novel editions have used different coloring.

She was also the creator of the graphic novel adaptation of C. J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel, the first novel in Cherryh's Morgaine series. This originally began as a self-published black & white comic book that only appeared for one issue (1985). Later Fancher expanded the material in color for professional publication as a series of graphic novels. The series includes Gate of Ivrel: No. 1 (the black & white version), plus the two color issues: Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (1986) and Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (1987). All three graphic novels were done in collaboration with C. J. Cherryh. Although the series was cut short halfway through the story, this led to Jane becoming an author herself, as well as frequent professional collaboration, a close friendship and romantic relationship.

Fancher's books include the "Groundties" series, as well as the "Dance of the Rings" trilogy: Ring of Lightning (1995); Ring of Intrigue (1997), and Ring of Destiny (1999). A fourth book in the series is being written.

The original "Groundties" trilogy (Groundties, Uplink, Harmonies of the 'Net) was published in e-book form in 2011, and is undergoing a re-write by Fancher (2011/2012).[1] There's also a prequel, entitled the "'NetWalkers".[1]

Fancher, Cherryh and author Lynn Abbey run an online publishing house, Closed Circle, to market their own work.[2]

List of works[2][3][4][edit]

Illustrated adaptations with C J Cherryh
Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (April 1989)
Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (April 1989)

Elfquest Book 2 by Richard Pini (June 1989)

As J.S. Fancher
GroundTies (October 1991)
Uplink (March 1992)
Harmonies of the 'Net (October 1992)

As Jane S. Fancher
Dance of The Rings series
Ring of Lightning (June 1995)
Ring of Intrigue (January 1997)
Ring of Destiny (December 1999)

As J. Fancher
Blood Red Moon: Nights of the Blood Red Moon Vol 1 (April 2011)

Ebooks only
Rings of Change: Allizant
Nights of the Blood Red Moon Flux: A BRM Short Story A Tale from the Alexander Years (2011)
'Netwalkers: Part I Partners
'Netwalkers: Part II Of Mentors and Mimetrons 'Netwalkers: Omnibus (prequel to GroundTies), containing Partners and Of Mentors and Mimetrons
'Netwalkers: Book II Wild Cards
'Netwalkers: Book III NeXus

Pre-publication (as at 2014)
Sort story in Thieves' World anthology
Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood - Ebook Short Story

Work in progress (as at 2014)
Next "Ring" book

Personal life[edit]

Fancher was born in Renton, Washington[3] on October 24, 1952.

She has virtual degrees in Physics and Anthropology from Washington State University and training in computer programming, psychology, philosophy, and history.[3]

Fancher currently lives in Spokane, Washington with her wife, fellow science fiction writer C. J. Cherryh (Carolyn Janice Cherry), after living with her for years in a domestic partnership.[5] The couple were married on May 17, 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b Jane Fancher's blog entry about an UpLink review[dead link]
  2. ^ a b http://www.closed-circle.net/ Closed Circle
  3. ^ a b c [1] MisCon 28 2014
  4. ^ "Jane S. Fancher: Books, Biogs, Audiobooks, Discussions". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Fancher's blog Harmonies of the Net". Janefancher.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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