Jody Lynn Nye (born in 1957, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American science fiction writer. She is the author or co-author of approximately forty published novels and more than 100 short stories. She has specialized in science fiction or fantasy action novels and humor. Her humorous series range from contemporary (“The Magic Touch” and “Mythology 101”) to military science fiction (“Strong Arm Tactics” and a new series beginning with “View from the Imperium”). On a third of her novels she has collaborated as a co-author or as the author of a sequel. She has been an instructor of the Fantasy Writing Workshop at Columbia College Chicago (2007) and she teaches the annual Science Fiction Writing Workshop at DragonCon.
Jody began collaborating with Robert Lynn Asprin on the “MythAdventures” series in 2003 with the publication of “Myth Told Tales” and then the novel “Myth Alliances”. After Asprin's death in 2008 she has continued the humorous fantasy series and is now also writing sequels to his contemporary fantasy series “Dragons”.
Nye says that she "always told stories" to her younger brothers, cousins, and friends, and as a junior camp counselor. Her first published writings were technical articles on broadcasting in the magazine "Video Action" during the 1980s. She first wrote fiction for the "Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine game" and the Role-Aids line of game supplements published by Mayfair Games.
For the Pern guide, Nye explained in its introduction, her team (without Clouse) had visited McCaffrey two years earlier, for ten days (October 1987). In the living room Nye, editor Bill Fawcett (Nye's husband), illustrator Hamilton, and McCaffrey's son Todd Johnson discussed Pern with its creator and Hamilton sketched under her direction. They produced "a companion volume to her work, intended to help you visualize the setting and background for her chronicles."
Before the Dragonlover's Guide was finished, McCaffrey and Nye were working together on a novel, presumably The Death of Sleep (1990) in the Planet Pirates trilogy. In the early 1990s they collaborated in three series based on McCaffrey stories from the 1960s and 1970s. Meanwhile McCaffrey completed five more Pern books, after which they revised the guide.
Late in the 1990s Nye began work with Robert Asprin to extend the Myth Adventures series he had started in 1978. After his 2008 death she continued to write books they had planned. Three of Nye's book series were "adrift" after Meisha Merlin Publishing went out of business in 2007.
Among other projects she is continuing to write her military sf/humor series begun with View from the Imperium and the Myth Adventures series.
Mythology 101 (1990)
Mythology Abroad (1991)
Higher Mythology (1993)
Advanced Mythology (2001)
Applied Mythology (2000) – omnibus edition of books 1–3
The Ship Who Saved the Worlds (2003), McCaffrey and Nye – omnibus comprising The Ship who Won and The Ship Errant
Robert Asprin's Dragons series
Dragons Deal (2010)
Dragons Run (TBA)
Crossroads Game Books
Dragonharper (1987); set in the world of Pern
The Encyclopedia of Xanth (1987); set in the world of Xanth
Dragonfire (1988); set in the world of Pern
Ghost of a Chance (1988); set in the world of Xanth
The Magic Touch (1996)
License Invoked (2001), by Robert Lynn Asprin and Nye
Strong-Arm Tactics (2005)
An Unexpected Apprentice (2007)
A Forthcoming Wizard (2009)
Anthologies (As Editor)
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear (1996); (includes the short story What's the Magic Word?)
The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern (Ballantine, 1989), with Anne McCaffrey. Illustrated by Todd Cameron Hamilton and James Clouse. ISBN 0-345-35424-9. Second edition 1997, ISBN 0-345-41274-5. — Pern geography, society, flora, fauna, etc., including information not in the previously published fiction.
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