Christopher Rowley

Christopher Rowley (born 1948) is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is also a former journalist and television screenwriter.

Christopher Rowley was born in 1948 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to an American mother and an English father. Educated primarily at Brentwood School, in Essex, England, he became a London-based journalist in the 1970s. In 1977 he moved to New York City, and now lives in upstate New York's Hudson Valley.

Rowley's first science fiction novel was ''The War for Eternity'', published in 1983, which won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. ''The War for Eternity'' led to three further novels set in the same future: ''The Black Ship'', ''The Founder'', and ''To a Highland Nation''. His novel ''Starhammer'' has been cited by computer programmer Jason Jones as an important literary influence in the creation of the ''Halo'' video game series by Bungie. ''Starhammer'' was followed by ''The Vang: The Military Form'' and ''The Vang: The Battlemaster'' to form a loosely connected trilogy (all published by Ballantine Books) spanning several thousand years and involving different sets of characters in each book.

In the 1990s, Rowley switched to the fantasy genre with the success of his first novel for Roc Books, ''Bazil Broketail''. This novel was set on the imaginary world Ryetelth and involved the adventures of battledragons and the boys that care for them in the service of the legions of the nine cities of the Argonath. Bazil Broketail's adventures continued with ''Sword for a Dragon'', ''Dragons of War'', ''Battledragon'', ''A Dragon at World's End'', ''Dragons of Argonath'', and ''Dragon Ultimate''. The Ryetelth novels also include a tangential story, told in ''The Wizard and the Floating City'', that interrupted the sequence of Bazil Broketail novels and introduced new characters and a broadening of the conceptual framework of the entire series. In the 1980s and 1990s he also co-wrote two television animated series by Robert Mandell, ''The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers'' and ''Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders''.

After the conclusion of the ''Bazil Broketail'' series, he produced the ''Books of Arna'', a trilogy set on Arna, a world colonized by humans in the far future. This series began with ''The Ancient Enemy'', continued with ''The Shasht War'', and concluded with ''Doom's Break''. In February 2009, Rowley's first illustrated novel, titled ''Arkham Woods'', a supernatural tale of horror inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and published by Seven Seas. Provided by Wikipedia
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