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Andrew J Offutt


(Andrew Jefferson V Offutt)
USA flag (1934 - 2013)

aka John Cleve

Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He wrote as Andrew J. Offutt, A. J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, has his name in all lower-case letters. His son is the author Chris Offutt.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story "And Gone Tomorrow" in If. Despite this early sale, he doesn't consider his professional life to have begun until he sold the story "Blacksword" to Galaxy in 1959. His first novel was Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards in 1970.

Offutt published numerous novels and short stories, including many in the "Thieves World" series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey, which feature his best known character, the thief Hanse, also known as Shadowspawn (and, later, Chance). His "Iron Lords" series likewise was popular. He also wrote two series of books based on characters by Robert E. Howard, one on Howard's best known character, Conan, and one on a lesser known character, Cormac mac Art.

As an editor Offutt produced a series of five anthologies entitled Swords Against Darkness, which included the first professional sale by Charles de Lint.

Offutt also wrote a large number of pornographic works under twelve different pseudonyms, not all of them identified. Those known include John Cleve, J. X. Williams, and Jeff Douglas. His main works in this area are the science fiction "Spaceways" series, most of whose volumes were written in collaboration, and the historical "Crusader" series.
 

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
 
Series
Crusader
   1. The Accursed Tower (1974)
   2. The Passionate Princess (1974)
   3. Julanar the Lioness (1975)
   4. My Lady Queen (1975)
   5. Saladin's Spy (1986)
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Cormac Mac Art
continued from the original series by Robert E Howard
   1. The Sword of the Gael (1976)
   2. The Undying Wizard (1976)
   3. The Sign of the Moonbow (1977)
   4. The Mists of Doom (1977)
   5. When Death Birds Fly (1980) (with Keith Taylor)
   6. The Tower of Death (1982) (with Keith Taylor)
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Spaceways
   1. Of Alien Bondage (1982)
   2. Corundum's Woman (1982)
   3. Escape from Macho (1982)
   4. Satana Enslaved (1982)
   5. Master of Misfit (1982)
   6. Purrfect Plunder (1982)
   7. The Manhuntress (1982) (with George W Proctor)
   8. Under Twin Suns (1982)
   9. In Quest of Qalara (1982)
   10. The Yoke of Shen (1983) (with George W Proctor)
   19. King of the Slavers (1985)
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Novels
   The Galactic Rejects (1967)
   Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards (1970)
   The Great 24-Hour Thing (1971)
   My Country, Right or Wrong (1971)
   The Castle Keeps (1972)
   Messenger of Zhuvastou (1973)
   Ardor on Aros (1973)
   The Black Sorcerer of the Black Castle (1974)
   Operation: Super Ms. (1974)
   Genetic Bomb (1975) (with D Bruce Berry)
   Chieftain of Andor (1976)
     aka Clansman of Andor
   My Lord Barbarian (1977)
   Conan and the Sorcerer (1978)
   Deathknight (1990)
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Anthologies edited
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Series contributed to
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Anthologies containing stories by Andrew J Offutt
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Enemies of Fortune (2004)
(Thieves' World Anthologies, book 14)
edited by
Lynn Abbey
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Turning Points (2002)
(Thieves' World Anthologies, book 13)
edited by
Lynn Abbey

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