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Andrew J. Offutt (1934–2013)

Author of Shadowspawn

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About the Author

Author Andrew J. Offutt was born in Kentucky on August 16, 1934. He was an American science fiction, and fantasy author. He also wrote erotic works under twelve different pseudonyms, some of which included John Cleve, J.(John) X. Williams, Jeff Douglas, Turk Winter, Farrah Fawkes, & Baxter Giles. show more His main works in this area included the historical "Crusader" series. In his science fiction and fantasy books, he wrote the "Spaceways" series. As an editor Offutt produced a series of five anthologies entitled Swords Against Darkness. Offutt died on April 30, 2013. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

aka John Cleve, J. X. Williams, and Jeff Douglas when writing porn. Born Andrew Jefferson Offutt he has written as Andrew J. Offutt, A. J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, has his name in all lower-case letters.

Series

Works by Andrew J. Offutt

Shadowspawn (1987) 286 copies
Conan: The Sword of Skelos (1979) 263 copies
Conan The Mercenary (1960) 144 copies
The Iron Lords (1979) 138 copies
The Undying Wizard (1976) 131 copies
Sword of the Gael (1975) 125 copies
Conan and the Sorcerer (1978) 122 copies
The Demon in the Mirror (1978) 116 copies
The Sign of the Moonbow (1977) 114 copies
The Mists of Doom (1977) 110 copies
Swords Against Darkness (1977) — Editor — 108 copies
Shadows Out Of Hell (1980) 97 copies
When Death Birds Fly (1980) 93 copies
Swords Against Darkness IV (1979) — Editor — 90 copies
My Lord Barbarian (1977) 86 copies
King Dragon (1980) 84 copies
The Tower of Death (1982) 83 copies
The Lady of the Snowmist (1983) 80 copies
Swords Against Darkness II (1977) — Editor; Contributor — 78 copies
The Shadow of Sorcery (1993) 77 copies
The Eyes of Sarsis (1980) 73 copies
The Galactic Rejects (1973) 70 copies
Ardor on Aros (1973) 69 copies
Swords Against Darkness V (1979) — Editor — 68 copies
Web of the Spider (1981) 66 copies
Swords Against Darkness III (1978) — Editor — 62 copies
Chieftain of Andor (1976) 58 copies
The Castle Keeps (1972) 55 copies
Of Alien Bondage (1982) 52 copies
Messenger of Zhuvastou (1973) 47 copies
Corundum's Woman (1982) 39 copies
Deathknight (1990) 35 copies
Satana Enslaved (1982) 31 copies
Purrfect Plunder (1982) 29 copies
Master of Misfit (1982) 29 copies
Under Twin Suns (1982) 28 copies
The Manhuntress (1982) 26 copies
The Yoke of Shen (1983) 26 copies
Escape from Macho (1982) 25 copies
In Quest of Qalara (1983) 24 copies
The Iceworld Connection (1983) 24 copies
Jonuta Rising! (1983) 23 copies
The Planet Murderer (1984) 21 copies
Starship Sapphire (1984) 21 copies
Assignment: Hellhole (1983) 21 copies
The Carnadyne Horde (1984) 20 copies
Star Slaver (1983) 19 copies
Genetic Bomb (1975) 18 copies
King of the Slavers (1985) 17 copies
Race Across the Stars (1984) 16 copies
Operation Super Ms (1974) 6 copies
Atlantis ist überall. (1981) — Editor; Introduction; Contributor — 5 copies
Conan žoldnéř (2011) 2 copies
Unholy Revelry (1976) 1 copy
The Sexorcist (1974) 1 copy
Homecoming 1 copy
Godson 1 copy
Last Quest 1 copy
Chain Me Again (1971) 1 copy
Her pleasure potion (1978) 1 copy

Associated Works

Thieves' World (1987) — Contributor — 1,548 copies
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980) — Contributor — 1,153 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 987 copies
Shadows of Sanctuary (1981) — Contributor — 953 copies
Storm Season (1982) — Contributor — 890 copies
Wings of Omen (1984) — Contributor — 677 copies
The Dead of Winter (1985) — Contributor — 611 copies
Blood Ties (1986) — Contributor — 507 copies
Aftermath (1987) — Contributor — 464 copies
Stealers' Sky (1989) — Contributor — 347 copies
Turning Points (2002) — Contributor — 211 copies
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (1982) — Contributor — 145 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1968 (1968) — Contributor — 143 copies
The Shattered Sphere (1968) — Contributor — 123 copies
Enemies of Fortune (2004) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (1979) — Contributor — 104 copies
Future City (1973) — Contributor — 88 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 4 (1978) — Contributor — 84 copies
Thieves' World: First Blood (2003) — Contributor — 66 copies
Orbit 8 (1970) — Author, some editions — 62 copies
Protostars (1971) — Contributor — 45 copies
Stellar Short Novels (1976) — Contributor — 35 copies
Analog Anthology #4: Analog's Lighter Side (1982) — Contributor — 34 copies
Shangri-La (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 29 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1970 July, Vol. 30, No. 4 (1970) — Contributor — 15 copies
Fantasy: fünf ungekürzte Romane (1991) — Contributor — 9 copies
Tomorrow: New Worlds of Science Fiction (1975) — Contributor — 7 copies
C'è sempre una guerra — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Offutt, Andrew J.
Legal name
Offutt, Andrew Jefferson, V
Other names
Offutt, A. J.
Cleve, John
Williams, J. X.
Douglas, Jeff
Marshall, Alan
Denis, John (show all 9)
Morehead, Jeff
Winter, Turk
Offutt, Andy
Birthdate
1934-08-16
Date of death
2013-04-30
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Place of death
Kentucky. USA
Cause of death
cirrhosis
Occupations
Editor
Writer
Relationships
Offutt, Chris (son)
Organizations
Science Fiction Writers of America
Disambiguation notice
aka John Cleve, J. X. Williams, and Jeff Douglas when writing porn. Born Andrew Jefferson Offutt he has written as Andrew J. Offutt, A. J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, has his name in all lower-case letters.

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Andrew Offutt wonderfully pieced together an extremely well written and mentally visual story. His descriptions vividly painted scenes into my mind and made reading this story very enjoyable.
 
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Acilladon | 2 other reviews | Jul 30, 2023 |
I did not like this book. I guess it was supposed to be a satire of Edgar Rice Burrough's Mars books using a gritty realism take to get the satire across. It did not work. The style in which the book is written is irritating, the first-person narration by the motor-mouthed protagonist just annoyed me nonstop. The constant references to the Mars books made me want to read something more akin to those even though they rely on "false chivalry" as this book put it. The very long and detailed rape scene near the end of the first third of the book was a big negative but I read on.
Most of the book consists of long empty conversations that take a page and a half to say something that could have been communicated in a single sentence. There are a couple of fight scenes, not very exciting or even that impactful though it seems the author tried to make them shocking and bloody. It seemed to me that a large portion of the story uses descriptions of the bureaucracy of the city as world-building. I can see the satire in this as opposed to Sword & Planet tales but it was not executed at all very well. All it did was make me want to go read an actual Sword & Planet story.
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Ranjr | 2 other reviews | Jul 13, 2023 |
This trilogy is great. I think REH would have enjoyed the story immensely. It has an epic touch while not getting bogged down. A Conan story where we get to see his melancholy demeanor coupled with his intensity.
 
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JHemlock | 2 other reviews | Nov 7, 2022 |
I know purists look down upon the non-Howard stories but I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. The illustrations were a treat.
 
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chaosfox | 2 other reviews | Jan 20, 2021 |

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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
23
ISBNs
127
Languages
5
Favorited
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