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Cherry Wilder


(Cherry Barbara Grimm)
New Zealand (1930 - 2002)

Cherry Wilder was an important writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and short fiction in the last quarter of the twentieth century. A writer whose work both entertained and also challenged rigid social mores, her best-known works are the Rulers of Hylor trilogy, a high fantasy work comprised of A Princess of the Chameln, Yorath the Wolf and The Summer's King and the science fiction first-contact Torin trilogy comprised of The Luck of Brin's Five, The Nearest Fire and The Tapestry Warriors. Born in New Zealand, she used Maori folklore and legends to inform the background of the Torin trilogy.

Ms. Wilder's fiction, both novel length and shorter works, ranges well beyond epic fantasy and hard science fiction to include dark fantasy, horror and the weird, as well as mysteries and thrillers. Cruel Designs is a stand-alone contemporary dark fantasy novel that evokes horror by its allusion to people and events in Nazi Germany, the consequences of whose actions cast a dark pall over the residents of a house decades later.
 

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
 
Series
Torin
   1. The Luck of Brin's Five (1977)
   2. The Nearest Fire (1980)
   3. The Tapestry Warriors (1983)
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Rhomary Land
   Second Nature (1982)
   Signs of Life (1996)
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Rulers of Hylor
   1. A Princess of the Chameln (1984)
   2. Yorath the Wolf (1984)
   3. The Summer's King (1986)
   4. The Wanderer (2001) (with Katya Reimann)
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Novels
   Cruel Designs (1988)
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Books containing stories by Cherry Wilder
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Gathering the Bones (2003)
Original Stories from the World's Masters of Horror
edited by
Ramsey Campbell, Jack Dann and Dennis Etchison
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Dark Terrors 5 (2000)
(Dark Terrors, book 5)
edited by
Stephen Jones and David A Sutton

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