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Young Wizards: Lifeboats


When the renowned saurian Species Archivist to the Powers that Be summons young wizard Kit Rodriguez to participate in an urgent off-planet intervention intended to save many millions of lives, Kit’s hardly going to say “no.”

He soon discovers that not only he, but his wizardly partner Nita Callahan and her sister Dairine, his friend Ronan Nolan, and tens of thousands of other wizards from Earth have also been drafted in to intervene on the distant world called Tevaral. There the planet’s single huge moon Thesba has become tectonically unstable and will very soon break up, its massive fragments raining down onto the surface of Tevaral and completely destroying it. The wizards’ mission: to extract Tevaral’s hominid population and “raft” them off-planet to new homeworlds before the apocalyptic disaster begins.

There’s only one problem: millions of the people of Tevaral don’t want to go.

Kit, Nita and their thousands of fellow Earth wizards must now race against time to find a way to save the Tevaralti despite their near-symbiotic relationship with their beloved world and its unique life forms. As doomsday inexorably draws nearer, hope is fading fast, and it seems like it’s going to take a miracle to keep the people of Tevaral from being wiped out. True, wizardry is all about miracles. But will one turn up in time?…

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is a 90,000+ word canonical work in the Young Wizards universe, and is set in February 2011, shortly after the events of the YW novelette Not On My Patch and YW novella How Lovely Are Thy Branches. These three works together constitute a “transitional trilogy” following the events of A Wizard of Mars and preceding the events of the forthcoming Games Wizards Play.

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is now available as a standalone ebook at Ebooks Direct in all the major ebook formats, DRM-free, and also at Amazon in Kindle format.

Interim Errantry

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For those of you who’ve been (patiently!) waiting: Interim Errantry is now available in both ebook and paperback editions.

You can get the ebook here at Ebooks Direct, DRM-free, or here at Amazon.com in Kindle format. You can get the paperback edition here at Amazon.

Interim Errantry contains the whole “transitional trilogy” of canonical works bridging the gap between A Wizard of Mars and Games Wizards Play: that is to say, the novella Not On My Patch, the novelette How Lovely Are Thy Branches, and the full-length novel Lifeboats. (All of these are available separately from Ebooks Direct, of course, but you get a price break buying them in the omnibus edition of the ebook.)

New! Signed mint hardcovers / paperbacks from DD

We're now offering autographed and personalized mint first edition hardcovers and paperbacks from DD. These are the last mint condition copies of these books on offer anywhere, acquired by DD direct from the publisher. All other online retailers have exhausted their stock.

Supply on these books is very limited, so order yours quickly before they're all gone!

Please click here or on the image to view available books at our store.

About the fake Diane Duane: a warning


DD says: "Some of you have heard a vague rumor that there is or was someone running around pretending to be me. There definitely was. The letter reproduced below (with some addresses redacted because they're no longer valid) is a copy of one originally published online and in various fanzines when the impostor was still on the loose. She was later located (by annoyed Star Trek fans) and arrested -- because she had stolen many other identities besides mine and committed various frauds using them -- and spent some years in jail in several different states. Now, however, I've received some scattered evidence that she's out again, and is starting to go back to her old tricks. I'm therefore placing a copy of this letter here so that people will know the circumstances of the previous imposture: it seems possible that this lady may repeat her pattern." The original letter:

From Diane Duane: This is to warn Star Trek and other fan groups, and anyone else with an interest, that a woman in the US has been posing as me, at cons and elsewhere, so far primarily in the West and Hawaii. Please let it be known from the start that I'm presently resident outside of the US, and plan to be so for the foreseeable future. Any Diane Duane giving you a home mailing address in the US is not the genuine item. The real one can always be contacted c/o Donald Maass Literary Agency.

The real name of the impostor is presently unknown to me, though so far she has used as an alias, among others, a name ending in "Ringwald". She is about 5' 4", stocky, about 150-160 pounds, with close-cropped dark hair. (For comparison, I am 5' 7", about 125 pounds, with shoulder-length auburn hair.) The impostor has two young daughters.

To my present knowledge, she first appeared as me in Denver, in September 1988, at a media convention there -- Starfest '88 -- where she discussed plans for a future Star Trek novel (about Starfleet Academy) with numerous fans, and passed out "Diane Duane" business cards. (She was not an official or invited guest of the con: she paid her own way, having stated to the people running the convention that she wanted to attend it "incognito" for research purposes.) The address she was giving at this point was in Littleton CO, in the Denver area. The people who saw her report her as being extremely familiar with my work and with Trek in general, so they had no reason to doubt her story.
Around the beginning of '89, she was apparently living at a military base in Hawaii -- whether as a servicewoman herself, or with someone else, is unclear, though she appeared in uniform on occasion, and at least one person claims to have seen her driving a military vehicle. At that time she made the acquaintance of a local Star Trek club in Hawaii, telling them also that she was me. She also set up at least one speaking engagement, as me, at a local library, on February 10th: she had another person set up for her a talk-show interview on a local radio station, and she also arranged three author signings of SPOCK'S WORLD at various Hawaiian branches of Waldenbooks, scheduled for the beginning of March. She was apparently taking orders for various Star Trek items as well -- her checks for these, to various Denver retailers, either bounced or turned out to have been drawn on a closed account on the mainland.

She dropped out of sight just before the speaking engagement at the library. People who tried to contact her by phone got a phone message saying that she had gone to Australia for the reading of her husband's will. At the beginning of March she turned up again, again mentioning the death of her husband in a fire, but also speaking of having been to a large Star Trek convention somewhere on the East Coast of the US during that period. No one is really sure of where she was. She then moved in with a friend from the Trek club for about a week and a half: during this period she seems to have done some temporary secretarial work for Manpower in Hawaii. The woman then vanished again around the end of March, after being taken to the airport with her children by an acquaintance. There's been no news of her since.

Possibly the reason she did not turn up for any of the signings was that she knew the FBI and both Army and Air Force military intelligence were searching for her -- for passing bad checks, and for previously attempting to pass herself off as a military intelligence officer. (Apparently the Waldenbooks store manager became suspicious, having seen my picture in Xignals and realizing that he wasn't dealing with the same person.) Evidence found by the military intelligence people in the house where the woman had been staying indicates that she was attempting to procure drivers' licenses and other ID in various names other than her own. (One application apparently listed Leonard Nimoy as "father".)

I'm concerned about the possibility of people being cheated by this woman if she should surface again, since she apparently has a long history of impostures, and seems unlikely to just stop.... I would appreciate it a great deal if the fan network passed the word around about this woman, so that we can keep anyone else from being cheated. In addition, if anyone who had books signed by her in Denver or elsewhere will get in touch with me at the address below, I'll be delighted to arrange to replace the bogus signature with a real one.

Finally, if anyone else has been in contact with this woman in the past, or knows someone who has: or if anyone hears about someone who sounds like her (i.e., my name, her description), at a con or elsewhere, I would be very glad to hear from you..."

Just to bring the situation up to date as of 2016: DD has not been in the USA since 2009 (at the North American Discworld Convention in Tempe, Arizona). Her only other visit to North America since then was to the HalCon convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia in October 2015. If you think you met DD at any other US / Canadian convention between 2010 and now, please be advised that you have met an impostor, and DD would appreciate it if you used this site's contact form to let her know where and when you met the fake. Thanks!

The fake DD's signature: courtesy of Inge Heyer

The Young Wizards series launches in France!

The French edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard is now available from Editions Lumen!

Nita laissa courir ses doigts sur l’e?tage?re de la bibliothe?que. Soudain, quelque chose arre?ta son mouvement. Le dos d’un des livres e?tait abi?me? – sa main s’e?tait accroche?e a? un fil. Elle plissa les yeux. Ah ! Un de ces guides consacre?s aux me?tiers : Le Guide du pilote en herbe, du chercheur en herbe, de l’e?crivain... Mais celui-la? s’intitulait... Le Guide du sorcier en herbe ! Nita extirpa le volume du rayonnage, e?bahie, et se plongea dans la lecture. Non, impossible ! se dit-elle au bout d’un instant. Elle referma le livre et le tint serre? dans sa main, immobile, en proie a? un me?lange d’incre?dulite?... et d’euphorie. Si c’e?tait une plaisanterie, elle e?tait ge?niale. Et si ce n’en e?tait pas une...

Vendue en tout a? plus de 3 millions d’exemplaires rien qu’aux E?tats-Unis, Wizards berc?ait avant Harry Potter les re?ves de magie des adolescents ame?ricains. Tre?s appre?cie?e outre-Atlantique, cette se?rie a e?te? prime?e de nombreuses fois.

Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes



Happy birthday, old friend.

Your creator was the first person I consciously took as a tutor in the art of structuring fiction. I didn't do it because I loved him. I did it because I loved you... and because the way he handled you made you more real than a lot of the (allegedly) real things in my world.

You were the first fictional person to really change my life, and I've never forgotten it. Your incisive-yet-benevolent presence has been hanging over my work for a long, long time. I have repeatedly taken your name "in vain" both covertly and in the clear while writing for some of the world's larger fictional franchises, and (because there's no way I can keep you out of other things I love) in worlds of my own. And I doubt this is likely to stop.

I think it was Jorge Luis Borges who said some years back that there are only three fictional characters who're universally known. Of the three he cites, Tarzan has slipped a lot of late, and even Superman has been struggling a bit. But you just keep going from strength to strength, adding dimension with every new iteration. That's a tough row to hoe, with fiction being the essentially ephemeral art form it is. So few stories, regardless of the passion poured into their creation, will last more than a few handfuls of generations. An Iliad here, a Nibelungenlied there, and precious few more, survive to be retold repeatedly in every century after they manifest themselves. But your story, though young yet as such things go, is showing signs of real staying power. It'll be interesting to see where you are in a few centuries more.

Meanwhile, I raise a glass to you today, old friend -- and inevitably also to the companion who's always by your side, without whom you wouldn't be who you are -- and think of the streets of the great Metropolis where the two of you can always be found walking together: unstoppable Reason and unshakeable Fidelity, inseparable in search of Truth and (if sometimes only secondarily) in defense of the Right. This is a better world with the two of you in it, even if only in the realms of the imagination -- for they inevitably spill over into what passes for the Real, to all our benefit.

So... many happy returns of the day, my dear Holmes. Many.

DD at ORGCon, June 8, 2013

DD will be attending the third annual conference of the UK Open Rights Group, ORGCon, on June 8, 2013, and will be speaking about the challenges of writing, packaging and managing ebooks as part of a career fiction writer's strategy for riding the waves of change now flowing through the publishing industry. Her panel's at 12 noon.

ORGCon is being held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL.

Interested in attending? Ticketing info is here, and there's a map below.

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