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John DeChancie

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John DeChancie is the author of over two dozen books, fiction and nonfiction, and has written for periodicals as widely varied as Penthouse and Cult Movies. His novels in the science fiction and fantasy genres have been attracting a wide readership for more than fifteen years, and over a million copies of his books have seen print, many in foreign languages.

His humorous fantasy series, beginning with Castle Perilous, became a best seller for Berkley/Ace. William Morrow published MagicNet, which Booklist said was "a welcome sigh of comic relief ... shamelessly droll, literate, and thoroughly entertaining. Magicnet is the fantasy genre's whimsical answer to Neuromancer." He has also written in the horror genre. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and in numerous original anthologies, the latest of which is Spell Fantastic. His story collection, Other States of Being, was recently published by, Inc., an online and print-on-demand publisher.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
Series contributed to
   1. Talons (2002)
   Witchblade Combo (omnibus) (2005) (with John J Miller)
Anthology series
Anthologies edited
   Ad Astra and Beyond (2016) (with Forrest J Ackerman, David Gerrold, Charles Lee Jackson II, Len Moffatt, Catherine Lucille Moore, Larry Niven and Fred Patten)
Anthologies containing stories by John DeChancie
Short stories
Hitler Clone in Argentina Plots Falklands Reprise or Death and Transfiguration (1994)
Tu Quoque (1994)
The Richmond Enigma (1995)
The Vig (1995)
Broomworms and Nosewigs (1996)
O! The Tangled Web (1996)
Elf Help (1997)
Planet in the Balance (1997)
The Seepage Factor (1997)
Spellchucker (1997)
Watchcat (1998)
Slow Dance for a Dead Princess (1999)

John DeChancie recommends
Split Heirs (1993)
Esther Friesner and Lawrence Watt-Evans
"If Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker had teamed up to write epic fantasy, something like might have resulted."
Escape from Heaven (2001)
J Neil Schulman
"It is the God damnedest thing I've ever read. If C. S. Lewis, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ayn Rand had teamed up to write a novel, something like Escape From Heaven would have inevitably resulted. I say 'something like' because this blistering satire of contemporary culture, religion, and politics could only have been written by J. Neil Schulman."

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