|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2012)|
Hobb at the Trolls & Legends festival in Mons, Belgium in April 2011
|Born||Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden
|Pen name||Robin Hobb, Megan Lindholm|
|Notable work(s)||Assassin's Apprentice
From 1983 to 1992, she wrote exclusively under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm. Fiction under that pseudonym tends to be contemporary fantasy. In 1995, she began use of the pseudonym Robin Hobb for works of epic traditional European Medieval and American Frontier Fantasy. She currently publishes under both names, and lives in Tacoma, Washington. As of 2003 she had sold over 1 million copies of her first nine Robin Hobb novels. She has recently finished writing a four-volume novel called The Rain Wild Chronicles. The volumes are named The Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven and City of Dragons with Blood of Dragons forthcoming in 2013. Her second latest release, The Inheritance, is a collection of short fiction by both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm.
- 1 Background
- 2 Bibliography
- 2.1 As Megan Lindholm
- 2.2 As Robin Hobb
- 2.3 Collections
- 3 Interviews
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Ogden was born in California in 1952, but was raised in Alaska.[unreliable source?] After graduating from high school, she studied at Denver University for a year and then returned to Alaska. After marrying at eighteen, she moved to Kodiak, an island in south-central Alaska. It was at this time that she sold her first short story, and began a career writing for children's magazines. "Bones for Dulath" in Amazons! was the first piece of fantasy that she published as Megan Lindholm. The anthology was published by Daw, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, and won a World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology. Over the next decade she moved around America, before settling in Washington and continuing her writing career in fantasy and science fiction. She has three grown children and a young daughter. One of her adult children is Kat Ogden who was a cast member of The Real World: London in 1995 and currently serves as Robin's secretary.
She will be a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, from 14 to 18 August 2014.
As Megan Lindholm
The Ki and Vandien Quartet
- Harpy's Flight (1983) ISBN 0-00-711252-1
- The Windsingers (1984) ISBN 0-00-711253-X
- The Limbreth Gate (1984) ISBN 0-00-711254-8
- Luck of the Wheels (1989) ISBN 0-00-711255-6
Tillu and Kerlew
- Wizard of the Pigeons (1985)
- Cloven Hooves (1991) ISBN 0-553-29327-3
- Alien Earth (1992) ISBN 0-553-29749-X
- The Gypsy (1992) with Steven Brust ISBN 0-7653-1192-5
- Cut (2001)
- Old Paint Asimov Science Fiction (August 2012)
As Robin Hobb
The Realm of the Elderlings
The Farseer Trilogy
The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies while his uncle, Prince Verity, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands who are attacking the shores of the kingdom by turning the people of the Six Duchies into Forged ones; still alive, but without any emotion or soul. Meanwhile Prince Regal's jealousy and the indulgence of his own selfish whims threatens to destroy The Six Duchies.
The Liveship Traders Trilogy mainly takes place southwest of The Six Duchies in Bingtown (a colony of Jamaillia) and focuses on Liveships (sentient ships). The trilogy is unusually nautical – an area seldom covered in fantasy – with the germ of it being apparently the idea of portraying ships who are literally alive and sentient. While this trilogy does not follow FitzChivalry Farseer's life, it is linked to both the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies.
The Tawny Man Trilogy
The Tawny Man continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer from The Farseer Trilogy. It commences 15 years after the events in Assassin's Quest, a period covered in part by The Liveship Traders Trilogy. It focuses on The Fool's attempts to guide others to fulfill his prophecies.
The Rain Wilds Chronicles
Takes place in the years after the Liveship Traders trilogy, and runs concurrently with and following the events of the Tawny Man Trilogy.
- Dragon Keeper (2009)
- Dragon Haven (2010)
- City of Dragons (September 2011 (NL)/Feb 2012 (USA)/April 2012 (GB))
- Blood of Dragons (December 2011 (NL)/Apr 2013 (US)/March 2013 (GB))
The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Other Elderlings Novels
- The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince (Farseer Trilogy's prequel) (2013) ISBN 978-1596065444
Soldier Son Trilogy
Set in a new world unrelated to her previous trilogies, the Soldier Son Trilogy follows the life of Nevare Burvelle, the second son of a newly elevated Lord of the Kingdom of Gernia, and his preparation for and education at the King's Cavalla Academy. Unlike her other series, this work draws strongly from myths of the American Frontier.
- The Inheritance (The Realm of the Elderlings) in Voyager 5: Collector's Edition. Promotional paperback, not for sale. Can be bought as an ebook from Amazon.com.
- "Homecoming" (The Realm of the Elderlings) in Legends II, edited by Robert Silverberg (also in The Inheritance)
- Words Like Coins (The Realm of the Elderlings)
- Blue Boots (The Realm of the Elderlings) in Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
- Cat's Meat (The Realm of the Elderlings) in The Inheritance & Other Stories.
- The Triumph, a historical story in the Warriors anthology.
- Neighbors in the Dangerous Women anthology.
- The Inheritance & Other Stories (2011), contains seven stories written as Megan Lindholm (A Touch of Lavender, Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man, Cut, The Fifth Squashed Cat, Strays, Finis, Drum machine) and three stories (all set in the Realm of the Elderlings: Homecoming, The Inheritance, Cat's meat) written as Robin Hobb.
- Interview conducted by Annaïg Houesnard for Elbakin.net during "Les Imaginales" 2008.
- Interview conducted by Rob Bedford for sffworld.com
- Interview conducted by Patrick for sffworld.com
- Interview on wotmania.com
- Interview conducted by Jay Tomio for BSCreview.com
- Interview conducted by Maïté Hoste for KissMyGeek.com
- Interview conducted by Bertrand Hallyn (Duiker) for The Breathless Quills, Les Plumes Asthmatiques and Antiquité-SFFF
- "Voyager Author Biography". fantasticfiction.co.uk. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "Robin Hobb's Blog". myspace.com. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- "Robin Hobb from". Harper Collins. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- http://www.meganlindholm.com/ Biography
- "Kat Ogden". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- "The Fool’s Assassin « Robin Hobb". Robinhobb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
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