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John Grant (1)

This page covers the author of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

For other authors named John Grant, see the disambiguation page.

John Grant (1) has been aliased into Paul Barnett.

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Works have been aliased into Paul Barnett.

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (Editor) 504 copies, 2 reviews
Eclipse of the Kai 59 copies, 1 review
The Dark Door Opens (Author) 52 copies
Earthdoom 52 copies, 1 review
Hunting Wolf 46 copies
Masters of Animation 40 copies, 1 review
The Book of Time (Editor) 31 copies
Albion 25 copies
The World 24 copies
Great Mysteries 19 copies
The Birthplace 17 copies
Aries 1 16 copies, 1 review
The Tellings 15 copies
The City in These Pages 13 copies, 2 reviews
Take No Prisoners 7 copies, 1 review
Tell No Lies 4 copies
Strange Pleasures 2 (Editor) 3 copies
Mouse 1 copy
Q 1 copy
Tails 1 copy
Lives 1 copy

Works have been aliased into Paul Barnett.

Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (Contributor) 341 copies, 5 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy (Contributor) 329 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy (Contributor) 181 copies, 1 review
Live Without a Net (Contributor) 143 copies, 3 reviews
Inferno (Contributor) 137 copies, 3 reviews
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (Contributor) 123 copies, 3 reviews
Last Book (Introduction, some editions) 115 copies, 7 reviews
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Contributor) 100 copies, 4 reviews
Classic Horror Stories (Editor, some editions) 98 copies
Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (Contributor) 63 copies, 2 reviews
Digital Dreams (Contributor) 60 copies
Best New Paranormal Romance (Contributor) 58 copies, 2 reviews
Lands of Never: Anthology of Modern Fantasy (Contributor) 32 copies, 1 review
infinities (Contributor) 27 copies
Dragon's Lure (Contributor) 19 copies
Drabble Project (Contributor) 16 copies
Requiems for the Departed (Contributor) 13 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 9 (Contributor) 10 copies
Sky Whales and Other Wonders (Contributor) 7 copies, 2 reviews
Under the Rose (Contributor) 5 copies
Triquorum One (Contributor) 5 copies
Strange Pleasures 3 (Contributor) 4 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 96 • May 2018 (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors (Contributor) 3 copies, 1 review
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 86 • July 2017 (Contributor) 2 copies, 1 review
Strange Pleasures (Contributor) 1 copy

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GRANT, JOHN Usual working name of Scottish editor and writer Paul (le Page) Barnett (1949- ); he has published nonfantasy under his own name and other pseudonyms, notably Eve Devereux. He entered the field with 'When All Else Fails' in Lands of Never (anth 1983 ed Maxim Jakubowski) but has not been a prolific short-story writer, instead concentrating on books, of which he has written over 50. His first two fantasy novels were #1 and #2 in the Legends of Lone Wolf sword-and-sorcery series, loosely based on gamebooks (>> games) by Joe dever and published as co-authorships: #1: Eclipse of the Kai (1989) and #2: The Dark Door Opens (1989), assembled as Legends of Lone Wolf Omnibus (omni 1992). These introduced the characters Alyss and Qinefer, both of whom became fundamental to JG's corpus. The series continued with #3: The Sword of the Sun (1989; vt in 2 vols The Tides of Treachery 1991 US and The Sword of the Sun 1991 US), #4: Hunting Wolf (1990), #5: The Claws of Helgedad (1991), which introduced his humorous character Thog the Mighty, #6: The Sacrifice of Ruanon (1991), #7: The Birthplace (1992), which is central to an understanding of JG's preoccupations, #8: The Book of the Magnakai (1992), #9: The Tellings (coll 1993), #10: The Lorestone of Varetta (1993), #11: The Secret of Kazan-Oud (1994) and #12: The Rotting Land (1994). History Book--A Thog the Mighty Text (1994 chap), a limited-edition addendum, contains revised material from The Rotting Land.

Elsewhere JG was publishing the two novels on which his reputation as a fantasy writer rests: Albion (1991) and The World (1992). The first is of moderate interest; set in a land whose common people have only short-term memory except for rote activities, it depicts the tyranny imposed by those equipped with full memories, its eventual defeat, and the breaching of the walls of the polder. The World, closely related, is significantly more ambitious. On the surface, it describes the collision of our Universe with the created secondary world in which Albion was set; in fact it is an exploration of the relationship between physical and created realities, both of which JG depicts as parts of the 'polycosmos', a multiverse whose almost infinite coexistent universes can be travelled between by Alyss (who is both integral and extraneous to the polycosmos), consciously by rare mortals like Qinefer (who through her encounter with transcendence in The Birthplace discovers the tao that leads to the overarching reality of the polycosmos), and by all mortals during dreams and after death, viewed as the transition from one physical or created universe to reincarnation in the next. Moments of recognition abound. This instauration fantasy ends with the two universes fused, so that reality is arbitrary, memory treacherous and indeterminacy paramount.

JG's fiction since has been sparse. The Hundredfold Problem (1994), featuring the comics character Judge Dredd, is a joky science fantasy set in a Dyson sphere. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1995) and Frankenstein (1997) are children's retellings of tales by Robert Louis stevenson and Mary shelley respectively. Strider's Galaxy (1997) and Strider's Universe (1998), both as Paul Barnett, are the first two novels in a lighthearted space opera series.

In nonfiction JG is noted as author of Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters (1987; rev 1993; rev 1998) (>> disney) and as Technical Editor of the 2nd edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993) ed John clute and Peter Nicholls (>> SFE), for which work he shared the 1994 BSFA Special Award. He is joint editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, for which work he received the Hugo Award (1998), the Locus Award (1998), the World Fantasy Award (1998), the Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award (1998) and the J. Lloyd Eaton Award (1999) and was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award (1998). He is Commissioning Editor of the Paper Tiger imprint of fantasy-art books.

He is not to be confused with the John Grant who writes mysteries as Jonathan Gash.

Other works (fiction): Aries 1 (anth 1979), sf; The Truth About the Flaming Ghoulies (1983), humorous epistolary fringe-sf novel; Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis (1984), pseudoscience spoof; Earthdoom! (1987) with David langford, spoof disaster novel.

Other works (nonfiction): The Book of Time (1980) ed with Colin Wilson; A Directory of Discarded Ideas (1981); The Directory of Possibilities (1981) ed with Wilson; Dreamers: A Geography of Dreamland (1983); Great Mysteries (1988); An Introduction to Viking Mythology (1989); Monsters (1992; vt Monster Mysteries US); The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques (1996) with Ron Tiner; many others.


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