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Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker (born December 17, 1944) is a science fiction author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he has a graduate degree in English and history from Towson University and has taught history at the high school and college levels. He's been a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution, The National Institutes of Health and numerous colleges and universities, mostly on science fiction and technology subjects; Chalker married Eva C. Whitley in 1978 and has 2 sons.

Chalker's awards include the Dedalus Award (1983), The Gold Medal of the West Coast Review of Books (1984), Skylark Award (1985), Hamilton-Brackett Memorial Award (1979), as well as others of varying prestige, and has been a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award nominee twice and for the Hugo award four times.

He is perhaps best known for his Well World series of books, but has many novels to his name. A device that is used in almost all of his works is transmogrification. The Wonderland Gambit series resembles traditional buddhist jataka-type reincarnation stories set in an SF environment.


(till 2001)