Joel Rosenberg

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Joel Rosenberg (born 1954) is a science fiction and fantasy author with dual American and Canadian citizenship who is best known for his long-running "Guardians of the Flame" series.

Rosenberg began publishing in 1978, with an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times favoring nuclear power. His first published fiction, "Like the Gentle Rains," appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in 1982. The following year, he published his first novel, The Sleeping Dragon which was the first in his long-running "Guardians of the Flame" series. This series placed a collection of college students into a Medieval fantasy setting similar to a role-playing world. Throughout numerous books, Rosenberg has traced these characters, their descendants and the changes they've made to society. He has shown no compunction about killing off popular characters.

The "Keepers of the Hidden Ways" trilogy similarly places people from the real world into a fantasy setting, making heavy use of Norse mythology. A third fantasy series, comprised of the novels D'Shai (1991) and Hour of the Octopus (1994) (both lightly humorous mysteries) is set in an Asian-influenced fantasy world with very strict cultural standards and etiquette.

Paladins, the first in his "Mordred's Heirs" series, was published by Baen Books in September 2004. This series, an "alternate fantasy history," takes place in a world where Mordred defeated King Arthur, establishing the Pendragon Dynasty.

In addition to fantasy, Rosenberg has published a number of science fiction novels. Although dealing with different characters, Ties of Blood and Silver (1984) and Emile and the Dutchman (1986) are both set in the same universe. Two other books set in this universe, Not for Glory (1988) and Hero (1990) focus on a band of Jewish mercenaries in space.

In recent years, Rosenberg has turned his hand to mysteries, publishing Home Front, the first of his "Sparky Hemingway" mysteries in 2003; the second, Family Matters, was published in early 2004.

Outside of science fiction, he is best known as a handgun instructor, and the author of a manual for people wanting to get a handgun carry permit in Minnesota, Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota, and a similar book for Missouri, Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Missouri.

Rosenberg's novels frequently features a theme of protecting children at all costs and depicts the way people can overcome hardships and abuse suffered as children.
His heroes also frequently find inspiration in the heroic figures of the Greek classics and of American folklore.


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Bibliography

Guardians of the Flame

  1. Sleeping Dragon (1983)
  2. The Sword and the Chain (1984)
  3. The Silver Crown (1985)
  4. The Heir Apparent (1987)
  5. The Warrior Lives (1988)
  6. The Road to Ehvenor (1991)
  7. The Road Home (1995)
  8. Not Exactly the Three Musketeers (1999)
  9. Not Quite Scaramouche (2001)
  10. Not Really the Prisoner of Zenda (2003)
  11. To Home and Ehvenor (2004)

Keepers of the Hidden Ways

  1. The Fire Duke (1995)
  2. The Silver Stone (1996)
  3. The Crimson Sky (1998)

Metsada Mercenary Corps

  1. Ties of Blood and Silver (1984)
  2. Emile and the Dutchman (1985)
  3. Not for Glory (1988)
  4. Hero (1990)

D'Shai

  1. D'Shai (1991)
  2. Hour of the Octopus (1994)
  3. The Last Assassin (not yet published)

Mordred's Heirs

  1. Paladins (2004)

Sparky Hemingway

  1. Home Front (2003)
  2. Family Matters (2004)

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