Are they histories? Fantasies? Science fiction? While it may be impossible to categorize the books Diana Gabaldon calls “historical fantasias,” it hardly matters to the author’s huge and loyal fan base, all of whom are just eager to devour Gabaldon’s richly detailed, complexly plotted, extravagantly romantic romps through time, space, and breathtaking landscapes.
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Also Known As:
Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
Date of Birth:
January 11, 1952
Place of Birth:
B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America, 1991 (for Outlander); Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, 1997; Odom Heritage Award, 2000; Quill Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, 2006
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|Online With the Author|
|Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time." |
|Before There Was Gabaldon...|
Walter Scott, Diana Gabaldon (Introduction)
....There was Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott's romantic tale of peril and rescue, chivalry and pageantry. Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe is a knight returning from the Crusades who finds himself disinherited and thwarted in the pursuit of the lady Rowena. Diana Gabaldon wrote the introduction for the Modern Library edition of Ivanhoe.
Rob Roy, with its adventure, love scenes, and dashing and rebellious hero (often called the Robin Hood of Scotland), is Scott's other great tale of romance and intrigue -- Highlander style. Although it was written almost 200 years before Outlander, it remains as thrilling a story today as it was then.