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Lynn Abbey

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in Peekskill, New York, The United States
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Lynn Abbey began publishing in 1979 with the novel Daughter of the Bright Moon and the short story "The Face of Chaos," part of a Thieves World shared world anthology. She received early encouragement from Gordon R. Dickson.

In the 1980s she married Robert Asprin and became his co-editor on the Thieves World books. She also contributed to other shared world series during the 1980s, including Heroes in Hell and Merovingen Nights.

Abbey and Asprin divorced in 1993 and Abbey moved to Oklahoma City. She continued to write novels during this period, including original works as well as tie-ins to Role Playing Games for TSR. In 2002, she returned to Thieves World with the novel Sanctuary and also began editing new anthologies, beginning with Turning...more

I don’t like to start a story when I don’t know how it’s going to end. That could be the writer in me, but it’s also the wariness of an inner self that doesn’t quite accept the randomness, non-interconnectedness of ordinary life. Although I was never good at keeping this blog updated, I . . . → Read More: So What’s New? (catharsis edition) Read more of this blog post »
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Since I not only enjoy Jane Austen, I graduated from Scarsdale High back in the dark ages, I was drawn to the title. It's well-written, though I didn't find omniscience as ironic or humorous as I suspect it was intended to be, in part because, despit...more
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“Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. ”
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“A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.”
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