Gael Baudino grew up in Los Angeles, and currently resides in Denver (the setting of two of her novels). She is a minister of Dianic Wicca and a professional harper, teaching, performing, and recording in the Denver area. She has published eleven novels, including the Lambda Award-winning Gossamer Axe, and a collection of novellas (Spires of Spirit). She lives with her lover, Mirya.
The Dragonsword Trilogy
Dragonsword, Duel of Dragons, Dragon Death
The Strands Series
Strands of Starlight, Maze of Moonlight, Shroud of Shadow, Strands of Sunlight, Spires of Spirit
O Greenest Branch!, The Dove Looked In, Branch and Crown
An early version of "In the Shadow of the Starlight" (seen in its final form in Spires of Spirit) was published in the April 1985 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. A short story appeared in RoC's The Magic of Christmas, and another in an anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey, the name of which escapes me. If you know of any other Gael Baudino short stories that I've missed, please email me and I'll add them.
Gale Baudino's new novel, The Bournes of Life, will be published soon by Roc Books.
I've started this site because Gael Baudino's novels have affected me in ways that fiction - particularly fantasy fiction - rarely does. They've moved me to laughter, tears, passion, anger, and even faith. It isn't just that she creates wonderful characters, or rich settings, or intricate plots. It's that she uses all of those elements to reach inside and address the things that really move us - what theologian Paul Tillich would call "ultimate concern". For me, these novels are more than entertainment, and a little less than sacred scripture. Think of them as myths - myths that may help keep us alive in the modern decay of the human mythic consciousness. Read and enjoy.
If you like Gael Baudino's novels, check out the works by these other fantasy authors:
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