Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946 and spent much of his life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began writing in the 70s and often referred to Gordon Dickson as his mentor. While he’ wrote some early stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu and The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series fantasy. These include the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, the Phule’s Company novels, and the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans. Late in his career he also wrote two non-humorous fantasy novels in the Wartorn series with Eric Del Carlo and a mystery novel, No Quarter, with Eric Del Carlo and Teresa Patterson. Bob also co-edited the groundbreaking Thieves’ World anthology series with Lynn Abbey. His other collaborations included License Invoked (set in the French Quarter of New Orleans) and more recently several new Myth Adventures novels written with Jody Lynn Nye. Bob’s final solo project was a contemporary fantasy series called Dragons, again featuring New Orleans. Dragons Wild was published in 2007, and Dragons Luck in 2009. Jody Lynn Nye has continued both series. Bob Aprin was a well known figure in fandom and at SF conventions. He was instrumental in the creation of both the Dorsai Irregulars and the SCA’s Dark Horde.
Bob passed away suddenly and peacefully on May 22, 2008 at home in New Orleans. He is survived by his daughter and son, his mother and his sister.
Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.
Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.
For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements.
Since 1987 she has published over 40 books and more than 120 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, five contemporary humorous fantasies, Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology (the three collected by Meisha Merlin Publishing as Applied Mythology), Advanced Mythology, The Magic Touch, and three medical science fiction novels, Taylor’s Ark, Medicine Show and The Lady and the Tiger. Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, the first of The Wolfe Pack series. Jody also wrote The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern, a non-fiction-style guide to the world of internationally best-selling author Anne McCaffrey’s popular world. She also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey onfour science fiction novels, The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona, Treaty At Doona and The Ship Who Won, andwrote a solo sequel to The Ship Who Won entitled The Ship Errant. Jody co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony, and edited an anthology of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth and legend, entitled Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear! She wrote eight books with the late Robert Lynn Asprin, License Invoked, a contemporary fantasy set in New Orleans, and seven set in Asprin’s Myth Adventures universe: Myth-Told Tales (anthology), Myth Alliances, Myth-Taken Identity, Class Dis-Mythed, Myth-Gotten Gains, Myth Chief, and Myth-Fortunes. Since Asprin’s passing, she has published Myth-Quoted and Dragons Deal (Ace Books), third in Asprin’s Dragons series.
Her latest books are View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel, an e-collection of cat stories, Cats Triumphant (Event Horizon), Dragons Run (fourth in the Dragons series) and Launch Pad, an anthology of science fiction stories co-edited with Mike Brotherton.
Coming next in the pipeline are the next Myth-Adventures novel, Myth-Fits, and the second Lord Thomas Kinago book, Fortunes of the Imperium.
Over the last twenty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago. She also runs the two-day writers workshop at DragonCon.
Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy. Check out her websites at www.jodynye.com and mythadventures.net. She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye.