Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan. He began writing on an old portable typewriter when he was about eight. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he became a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, which occupied him completely for about three years. He and his family lived in England from 1995 to 1998.

He has published nine novels (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Under his own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; Freefoot, his collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs; A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; and Cat Tales — Reminiscences. He is still working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; a space-opera in six parts; and a pseudo-Victorian faerie story.

Allen has been running his Writers’ Workshop at sf conventions for more than thirty years. Several who have taken it have sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. He also runs a plotting workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

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Our world is just one thread among uncounted others in the weave of the greater reality. Each of these threads is another world, some rather similar to ours, some bizarrely different. Each world has a rich culture, which the agent of a dark outside force is seeking to destroy.

Jeanette Delgado, small and young, struggles to make a success of the bookstore she runs with her husband, Steve. After he is killed in a freak accident, she is chosen, while still grieving, by powers she doesn’t understand, to go to one threatened world, then another, and another, each time to assume the role of the hero. She has never been independent a day in her life.

Like her predecessors, her task is to try to prevent the agent of destruction from achieving its goal. In each world she is tested, and must discover the curage, the strength, and the leadership she never knew she had. In the end, she learns to accept her role, and decides to anticipate her enemy, by going to the next threatened world under her own power.

It all begins at the bonfire in her back yard, when she is dropped suddenly into the cavern of blue flames.
The five peoples of the world of winds, which always blow from where the sun sets to where the sun rises, are physically, psychologically, and culturally different from each other, more than even different species.

The cultures of all the people are sustained by the Spiral, a matrix of connection, relation, concept, and meaning, within an extramundane layer of reality. The Main Quey maintains order and balance within the Spiral, and between it and the people. When he is kidnapped by Empa Tethicho, the Chancellor of Shotoban, the cultures of all five peoples are threatened with dissolution and descent into savagery and chaos.

The Chancellor enforces a brutal rule of conformity, but there is an underground. Every attempt to rescue the Main Quey ends in failure. Property is confiscated, families are exiled, and those who made the attempt are executed.

In desperation, a group of people, more than usually sensitive to the extramundane, is trying to call a demon from another layer of reality, an intelligence which can pass through walls and locked doors, hoping that it will find the Main Quey and bring him back. What they get is Jeanete Delgado.
Jeanette steps from a moving train into a multidimensional maze, which is a part of something greater. The miniature world at the center of the maze is the center of all things, even beyond the maze. The dark outside force has sent a tempter to bring about its downfall.

Jeanette goes to a world of layers: the Sea of Grass; huge mesas of untouched forest; the Midlands of the people, whose culture is hundreds of thousands of years old; and the desert Uplands where demons dwell. An old enemy has come, and Jeanette, believed to be a demon, must keep him from enslaving the people.

An agent of the enemy brings unnatural winter to her world, and comes itself to attack her in her home at night. In a world similar to her own, she must first deal with the unnatural winter, then find the agent, in a stolen tower house, bigger on the inside than on the outside.

She must prove herself again, and again. She must show not only her greater courage, strength, and leadership, but learn to control her rage, and show compassion.
Jeanette has learned how to go from one reality to another, under her own power. She goes, even before a call, to worlds which the Arkenome is attempting to destroy. There is never any explanation for why he does this. Sometimes she prevents the destruction, sometimes she rescues only survivors, and sometimes she fails.

Her companions travel with her, and some die. She has learned super-human skills, which don’t always work. She has destroyed a powerful Arkenome, only to see him replaced by another, who is stronger, more dangerous, more powerful, and more ruthless. She has learned that Arkenomes, and those who want to be, are guided by a super-cosmic intelligence, which will always find another agent if one is lost.

This is the Ecliptor, and she decides to go after it directly, to stop the creation of new enemies, and must somehow get the Arkenome to lead her to it. She and her companions do everything they can to drive him to seek his masters help. She taunts him, evades him, disrupts his perverse pleasure places, turns his slave world against him, pursues him to target worlds and interrupts him before he gets started.

And then, at last, when it seems that she has succeeded, she learns that even the Ecliptor has a master of a higher order. Must she dominate the Ecliptor first? Or can she go directly to his master?
The time has come for Jeanette to confront the Enemy at last. But before she can reach him, she must defeat Diapollion the Ecliptor, the Enemy’s prime agent, and master of the Arkenomes who destroy cultures and whole worlds.

The Enemy is a transcendent being, an extra-cosmic intelligence, who dwells outside the greater reality. She must discover how to cross the threshold between all that is real, and the meta-reality where Kada Barros has his place of power. Kada Barros strikes, and she loses everything. Tondorre, her soul companion, comes to her, and gives her the black ring, which she had entrusted to him, but all her other companions have been scattered to their own worlds. She must start all over again, with only the ring and Tondorre to help her.

She saves one world, and another, but she falls into a trap set by an Arknome who bested her once before. She and Tondorre are saved from death by a companion who came from her own world, in response to Jeanette’s need for help. She has two companions now. She is challenged by the new Ecliptor, someone whom she had thought she had overcome, and this time she destroys his power.

But she learns that the intelligences, which have been watching over everything, will not let her finish the task which had been set before her. Instead, she must choose another hero to take her place.
Leslie Ann Drover has the Black Ring, which was given to her by Jeanette just before she was killed. Leslie Ann, much more experienced in the world than Jeanette was, understands that this her Jeanette’s successor. She is younger than Jeanette, independent, self-supporting, and is learning leadership skills on her job. When she is called upon as the new hero, proves herself. And again. And again.

But the tasks, the adventures, become more complicated, the moral choices more difficult, the physical challenges harder, and the leadership more demanding. She rejects the idea that she might be crazy, and knows that these strange worlds and her body shapes are real. But it’s all getting to be too much. She doesn’t know if she’ll be able to go on alone.

She goes, without being summoned, from her apartment door to a world where there is no enemy to stop, in a not-quite medieval public house. There she finds Ikusa, one of Jeanette’s old companions, waiting for her. Together, they meet ever greater challenges until, at last, she has all five of the hero’s tokens.

But she must confront the Ecliptor personally. He was mortal, but is now almost a demi-god. And then she must find and go to the Enemy himself, Kada Barros. She cannot destroy him, and would not if she could. But she has to stop him somehow. Maybe there’s another way….
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