|Born||June 19, 1957
|Education||Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northern Illinois University|
Early in her career, Rabe worked as a newspaper reporter and bureau chief for the Quincy Herald-Whig in Quincy, Illinois, then for the Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, Indiana, and then as a stringer for the Rockford Register Star. She went on to work for TSR, Inc., and was the Director of the RPGA. For TSR, she wrote magazine articles and novels, and wrote and edited Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World gaming modules (see list below). Rabe became the editor of a BattleTech magazine, MechForce Quarterly, in 1995. For Dragonlance, TSR had Rabe write the next major event in Krynn history after Dragons of Summer Flame, resulting in the Dragons of a New Age trilogy, which began with TSR's The Dawning of a New Age (1996).
When Wizards of the Coast purchased TSR, they published the rest of Rabe's trilogy before bringing back Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman as the main chroniclers of Dragonlance. Her Dragons of a New Age trilogy consisted of Dawning of a New Age, Day of the Tempest, and Eve of the Maelstrom. Her other Dragonlance work includes Maquesta Kar-Thon, co-authored with Tina Daniell, and The Silver Star. Her other work for TSR includes Red Magic, Secret of the Djinn, and Night of the Tiger. Rabe worked with Janet Pack on The Forces of Dagnarus for the Sovereign Stone role-playing game.
She has also written short stories in the Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Star Wars settings, and for DAW Books. Rabe has written more than four dozen short stories. She has written science fiction stories for Martin H. Greenberg's office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and coedited a number of all-original anthologies with Greenberg for DAW (see list below). Rabe has written articles for On The Lake, a local magazine for tourists.
Rabe was the business manager and later the editor of the bimonthly SFWA Bulletin, published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In June 2013, Rabe resigned the post in the course of a controversy about alleged sexism in SFWA Bulletin articles written by, among others, Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg.
Dragonlance: Death March was nominated for the 2009 Special Gaming Scribe Award for Best Original gaming-related tie-in novel. The Scribe awards are given out by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
Three of her Star Wars short stories, "The Breath of Gelgelar", "Day of the Sepulchral Night", and "The Farrimmer Cafe", have been published in the Star Wars Adventure Journals.
- 1995 Maquesta Kar-Thon, with Tina Daniell
- 1996 The Dawning of a New Age, Dragons of a New Age series
- 1997 Day of the Tempest, Dragons of a New Age series
- 1998 Eve of the Maelstrom, Dragons of a New Age series
- 1999 The Silver Stair, Bridges of Time series
- 2000 Downfall, the Dhamon Saga
- 2001 Betrayal, the Dhamon Saga
- 2002 Redemption, the Dhamon Saga
- 2004 The Lake of Death, Age of Mortals series
- 2007 The Rebellion, The Stonetellers series
- 2008 Death March, The Stonetellers series
- 2009 Goblin Nation, The Stonetellers series
- 1991 Red Magic, a Forgotten Realms: The Harpers series
- 1994 Secret of the Djinn, Endless Quest series
- 1995 Night of the Tiger, Endless Quest series
- 1996 Sands of Deception, Endless Quest series
- 2004 The Finest Creation, Finest Trilogy
- 2005 The Finest Choice, Finest Trilogy
- 2006 The Finest Challenge, Finest Trilogy
- 2006 Aftershock, a Shadowrun novel with John Helfers
- 2006 Return to Quag Keep, with Andre Norton
- 2006 A Taste of Magic, with Andre Norton
- 2007 Fenzig's Fortune
- 2008 Dragon Mage, with Andre Norton
Dungeons & Dragons modules
- Rabe, Jean; Williams, Skip (1989). Child's Play. WG10. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 32. ISBN 0-88038-756-4. 9265.
- Rabe, Jean (1989). Vale of the Mage. WG12. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 64. ISBN 0-88038-816-1. 9270XXXX1401.
- Rabe, Jean (1993). Swamplight. GA2. TSR, inc. p. 32. ISBN 1-56076-588-7. 9424XXX1501.
- Historical Hauntings, with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2001; ISBN 0-88677-992-8)
- Sol's Children, with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2002)
- Renaissance Faire, with Andre Norton (DAW, 2005)
- Furry Fantastic, with Brian M Thomsen (DAW, 2006; ISBN 0-7564-0381-2)
- Time Twisters, with Martin H Greenberg (DAW, 2007; ISBN 0-7564-0405-3)
- Pandora's Closet, with Martin H Greenberg (DAW, 2007; ISBN 0-7564-0437-1)
- Terribly Twisted Tales, with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, May 2009; ISBN 0-7564-0554-8)
- Spells of the City, with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2009; ISBN 0-7564-0567-X)
- Timeshares, with Martin H Greenberg (DAW, 2010; ISBN 0-7564-0615-3)
- Steampunk'd, with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2010; ISBN 978-0-7564-0643-1)
- Boondocks Fantasy with Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 2011; ISBN 0-7564-0653-6))
- Blue Kingdoms
- Blue Kingdoms: Shades & Specters, with Stephen D. Sullivan (Walkabout Publishing, 2008; ISBN 0-9802086-5-3)
- Blue Kingdoms: Buxom Buccaneers, with Stephen D. Sullivan (Walkabout Publishing, 2008; ISBN 0-9802086-5-3)
- Blue Kingdoms: Mages and Magic, with Stephen D. Sullivan (CreateSpace, 2010; ISBN 1-4564-8395-1)
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- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 283. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- Greenberg, Martin H.; Hughes, Kerrie, eds. (2009). Gamer Fantastic. New York: Daw Books. p. 236. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- SFWA Bulletin Editorial Staff retrieved Dec 29, 2010
- Anders, Charlie Jane (6 June 2013). "The editor of SFWA's bulletin resigns over sexist articles". io9. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
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