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Robert Jordan

(James Oliver Rigney Jr)
USA flag (1948 - 2007)

aka Reagan O'Neal, Jackson O'Reilly

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, in a house built in 1797.

He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V", and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.

Sadly, Robert Jordan, aged 58, died on the 16th September 2007.

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Western
Graphic Novels
Series contributed to
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American Indians (as by Jackson O'Reilly)
   6. Cheyenne Raiders (1982)
Non fiction series
Wheel of Time Non Fiction
   The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time (1997) (with Teresa Patterson)
   The Wheel of Time Companion (2015) (with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons)
Anthologies containing stories by Robert Jordan
Short stories
The Eye of the World (extract) (1990)
New Spring [short story] (1998)

Robert Jordan recommends
Dying of the Light (1977)
George R R Martin
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin and he always delivers."
The Sword of Samurai Cat (1991)
(Samurai Cat, book 4)
Mark E Rogers
"The Cat is marvelously funny and maniacally adventurous, turning every fantasy convention on its ear. I want to be Miaowara Tomokato when I grow up."
Mojo and the Pickle Jar (1991)
Douglas Bell
"...A stunning new voice!"
Cup of Clay (1991)
(Taliswoman, book 1)
Carole Nelson Douglas
"Cup of Clay is a great beginning for a series that looks to break new ground not follow old paths."
The Forever King (1992)
(Forever King, book 1)
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy
"A fresh and exciting view of the Arthur legend, full of adventure. I read it in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down."
The Unicorn War (1995)
(Unicorn Quest, book 5)
John Lee
"A rousing finale to a terrific series."
A Cavern of Black Ice (1999)
(Sword of Shadows, book 1)
J V Jones
"J. V. Jones is a striking writer . . . wonderful."
Mother of Kings (2001)
Poul Anderson
"With Mother of Kings, Poul Anderson proves that he is indeed a master."
The Binder's Road (2003)
(Eiden Myr, book 2)
Terry McGarry
"A wonderful new voice and a different vision."
Heat of Fusion (2004)
John M Ford
"John M. Ford is the best writer in America, bar none."
Saga of Recluce: Year 1-415 (2016)
(Saga of Recluce)
L E Modesitt Jr
"Modesitt presents an interesting study of Chaos versus Order, Good versus Evil...and the attractions each of them has for all of us."

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