Sarah Zettel

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Sarah Zettel
BornSarah Anne Zettel
December 14, 1966 (1966-12-14) (age 54)
Sacramento, California, United States
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
GenreArthurian literature
Science fiction
Notable worksReclamation
Bitter Angels
Notable awardsLocus Award for Best First Novel
Philip K. Dick Award

Sarah Zettel (born December 14, 1966) is an American science fiction, fantasy and mystery author.

Life and career[edit]

Zettel was born in Sacramento, California.[1] Her mother, Gail Beavers, is a retired teacher and social worker; her father, Leonard Francis Zettel, Jr., is a retired engineer and programmer. She obtained a B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan[2] in 1988. She is married to a rocket scientist. She currently lives in Michigan.[3]

Zettel published her first short story in 1988. Her first novel, Reclamation, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, and in 1997 won (tied) the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Writing as C. L. Anderson, her novel Bitter Angels[3] won the 2010 Philip K. Dick award for best paperback original novel.[4][5] She writes Regency mysteries and romances under the pseudonym Darcie Wilde.


Science fiction novels[edit]

  • Reclamation (1996)
  • Fool's War (1997)
  • Playing God (1998)
  • The Quiet Invasion (2000)
  • Kingdom of Cages (2001)
  • Bitter Angels (2009) (Pseudonymously, as C. L. Anderson) – 2010 Phillip K. Dick Award

Isavalta series (Fantasy)[edit]

  • A Sorcerer's Treason (2002)
  • The Usurper's Crown (2003)
  • The Firebird's Vengeance (2004)
  • Sword of the Deceiver (2007)

Camelot series (Fantasy)[edit]

  • In Camelot's Shadow (2004)
  • For Camelot's Honor (2005)
  • Under Camelot's Banner (2006)
  • Camelot's Blood (2008)

The American Fairy Trilogy (Fantasy)[edit]

  • Dust Girl (2012)
  • Golden Girl (2013)
  • Bad Luck Girl (2014)

Vampire Chef series (Mystery)[edit]

  • A Taste of the Nightlife (#1) (2011)
  • Let Them Eat Stake (#2) (2012)

Mystery novels[edit]

  • Palace of Spies (2013)
  • Dangerous Deceptions (2014)
  • Assassin's Masque (2016)

Short story collection[edit]

  • Miss Underwood and the Mermaid (1999)

Rosalind Thorne series (Mystery) as Darcie Wilde[edit]

  • A Useful Woman (2016)
  • A Purely Private Matter (2017)
  • And Dangerous to Know (2020)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major awards and nominations in the science fiction and fantasy field:[6]

  • Sidewise Awards, works of alternate history, for “The Persistence of Souls” (The Shadow Conspiracy), nomination, 2010
  • James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award, for Playing God, shortlist, 1999
  • Locus Award, for Fool's War, 8th place, 1998
  • Locus Award, for Reclamation, first novel category, winner (tie), 1997
  • Locus Award, for “Under Pressure” (Analog Apr 1996), short story category, finalist, 1997
  • Philip K. Dick Award, for Reclamation, finalist, 1997
  • Analog readers Poll, aka the AnLab, for “Driven by Moonlight” (Analog Dec 1991), best short story, 5th place, 1992


  1. ^ "Sarah Zettel – Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Biography Archived 2008-03-07 at the Wayback Machine at Hachette Book Group website
  3. ^ a b Michael M Jones, review of Bitter Angels (Bantam Spectra, 438 pages), SFSite reviews.
  4. ^ Philip K. Dick Award 2010 announcement
  5. ^ Ypsilanti author C.L. Anderson wins Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction,, April 14, 2010
  6. ^ Science fiction awards database

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