Author Spotlight: Christopher Stasheff

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Christopher Stasheff’s writing is playful and twisted. From his Starship Troupers, about actors taking plays to humanity’s far-flung children (and you thought theaters got stifling with those big personalities – imagine being stuck on a spaceship!) to Saint Vidicon of Cathode who helps techies overcome Murphy’s Law, each tale will make you laugh and think.

All of his worlds are ones I would like to live in, especially his Warlock of Gramarye series. With a dozen stories in this world, I can live in it for a long, long time. And I also get to live in part of it outside of the books.

While he was never in the SCA, and he wrote “The Warlock in Spite of Himself” (where a cultural ambassador in a spacesuit lands on a planet to help integrate it back into humanity, and discovers this lost planet has magic) before he ran into Medieval and Renessaince group, he then met us costume-weirdos at conventions and realized his Fiction and our Dream overlapped. He wrote our future history and acknowledged it in Escape Velocity, mentioning the SCA directly. 

It took me an absurdly long time to realize Gramarye only has lords, barons, and kings. And he wrote that part before he met the non-profit.