Jane Fancher

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Jane Suzanne Fancher (born 1952) is a science fiction and fantasy author and artist.


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. Reprint editions omitted her name from the art credits, and later graphic novel editions used different coloring.[citation needed]

She adapted portions of C. J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel, the first novel in Cherryh's Morgaine series. Gate of Ivrel: No. 1 (1985) was a self-published black and white comic that lasted one issue. Fancher expanded the material in color intending a series of graphic novels: Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (1986)[1] and Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (1987).[2] The adaptations were done in collaboration with Cherryh. She did not complete the series, but the experience led to Fancher becoming a prose author herself, as well as frequent professional collaboration and marriage with Cherryh.[citation needed]

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).

The "Groundties" trilogy (Groundties, Uplink, Harmonies of the 'Net) was published in e-book form in 2011.[3] There is also a prequel, entitled the 'NetWalkers.[3]

Fancher, Cherryh and author Lynn Abbey run an online publishing house, Closed Circle, to market their own work.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Fancher was born in Renton, Washington[5] on October 24, 1952.

She has virtual degrees in Physics and Anthropology from Washington State University[clarification needed] and training in computer programming, psychology, philosophy, and history.[5]

Fancher currently lives in Spokane, Washington with her 'spousal unit',[6] science fiction writer C. J. Cherryh (Carolyn Janice Cherry), after living with her for years in a domestic partnership.[7] The couple were married on May 17, 2014.[7]


Illustrated adaptations with C. J. Cherryh
  • Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (April 1989)
  • Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (April 1989)
  • Elfquest Book 2 by Wendy and Richard Pini (June 1982) 0898652464
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
with C. J. Cherryh


  1. ^ Fancher, Jane (1986). Gate of Ivrel. Reynolds, Kay, Cherryh, C. J. Norfolk, Va.: Donning Co. ISBN 978-0898655155. OCLC 15015290.
  2. ^ Fancher, Jane (1987). Gate of Ivrel. Reynolds, Kay, Cherryh, C. J. Norfolk, Va.: Donning Co. ISBN 978-0898655155. OCLC 15015290.
  3. ^ a b Jane Fancher's blog entry about an UpLink review[dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.closed-circle.net/ Closed Circle
  5. ^ a b [1] MisCon 28 2014
  6. ^ [2] Fancher's own term for her partner
  7. ^ a b "Fancher's blog Harmonies of the Net". Janefancher.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Prometheus Awards". Libertarian Futurist Society. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

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