Barbara Hambly Books

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Barbara Hambly is a bestselling American author that writes science fiction and fantasy. Hambly was born in 1951 in San Diego California to Everett and Florence.

Order of Darwath Series

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1The Time of the Dark 1982Description / Buy
2The Walls of Air 1983Description / Buy
3The Armies of Daylight 1983Description / Buy
4Mother of Winter 1996Description / Buy
5Icefalcon's Quest 1998Description / Buy
6Pretty Polly (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
7Whisper (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
8Elsewhere (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Sun Wolf and Starhawk Series

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1The Ladies of Mandrigyn 1984Description / Buy
2The Witches of Wenshar 1987Description / Buy
3The Dark Hand of Magic 1990Description / Buy
4Fairest in the Land (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
5Nanya of the Butterflies (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
6A Night With the Girls (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
7Hazard (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Winterlands (Dragonsbane) Series

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1Dragonsbane 1985Description / Buy
2Dragonshadow 1999Description / Buy
3Knight of the Demon Queen 2000Description / Buy
4Dragonstar 2002Description / Buy

Order of Windrose Chronicles Series

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1The Silent Tower 1986Description / Buy
2The Silicon Mage 1988Description / Buy
3Dog Wizard 1992Description / Buy
4Stranger at the Wedding 1994Description / Buy
5Just Like Real People (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of James Asher Series

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1Those Who Hunt the Night 1988Description / Buy
2Traveling with the Dead 1995Description / Buy
3Blood Maidens 2010Description / Buy
4Magistrates of Hell 2012Description / Buy
5The Kindred of Darkness 2013Description / Buy
6Darkness on his Bones 2015Description / Buy
7Pale Guardian 2016Description / Buy
8Prisoner of Midnight 2019Description / Buy

Order of Beauty and the Beast Series

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1Beauty and the Beast 1989Description / Buy
2Song of Orpheus 1990Description / Buy

Order of Sun-Cross Series

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1The Rainbow Abyss 1991Description / Buy
2The Magicians of Night 1992Description / Buy

Order of Star Wars Series

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1Children of the Jedi 1995Description / Buy
2Darksaber ( By: Kevin J. Anderson) 1995Description / Buy
3Planet of Twilight 1997Description / Buy

Order of Benjamin January Series

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1A Free Man of Color 1997Description / Buy
2Fever Season 1998Description / Buy
3Graveyard Dust 1999Description / Buy
4Sold Down the River 2000Description / Buy
5Die Upon a Kiss 2001Description / Buy
6Wet Grave 2002Description / Buy
7Days of the Dead 2003Description / Buy
8Dead Water 2004Description / Buy
9Dead and Buried 2010Description / Buy
10The Shirt On His Back 2011Description / Buy
11Ran Away 2011Description / Buy
12Good Man Friday 2013Description / Buy
13Crimson Angel 2014Description / Buy
14Hagar (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
15Libre (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
16There Shall Your Heart Be Also (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
17A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
18Death on the Moon (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
19Drinking Gourd 2016Description / Buy
20Murder in July 2017Description / Buy
21Cold Bayou 2018Description / Buy
22Lady of Perdition 2019Description / Buy
23House of the Patriarch 2020Description / Buy

Order of Magic Time Series

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1Magic Time 2001Description / Buy

Order of Silver Screen Historical Mystery Series

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1Scandal in Babylon 2021Description / Buy

Order of Sisters of the Raven Series

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1Sisters of the Raven 2002Description / Buy
2Circle of the Moon 2005Description / Buy

Order of Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness Series

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1An Honorary Man (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
2The Gate of Dreams and Starlight (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
3A Thousand Waters (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Abigail Adams Series

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1The Ninth Daughter 2009Description / Buy
2A Marked Man 2010Description / Buy
3Sup with the Devil 2011Description / Buy

Order of Sherlock Holmes Adventures Series

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1Sherlock Holmes - Adventure of the Lost Boy (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Sherlock Holmes - Adventure of the Sinister Chinaman (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Colossus Films Series

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1Castle of Horror (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Barbara Hambly Standalone Novels

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1The Quirinal Hill Affair/Search the Seven Hills 1983Description / Buy
2Bride of the Rat God 1994Description / Buy
3The Emancipator's Wife 2005Description / Buy
4Renfield 2006Description / Buy
5Patriot Hearts 2007Description / Buy
6Homeland 2009Description / Buy

Order of Winterlands Short Stories/Novellas

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1Shadowbaby (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Princess (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3Damselblossom (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
4Hag in the Water (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Windrose Short Stories/Novellas

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1Corridor (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Firemaggot (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3Personal Paradise (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
4Plus-One (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
5Zenobie (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
6And Pretty Maids All In A Row (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
7Karate Masters vs the Invaders From Outer Space (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
8Just Like Real People (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Benjamin January Short Stories/Novellas

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1Hagar (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Libre (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3There Shall Your Heart Be Also (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
4A Time For Every Purpose Under Heaven (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
5Death on the Moon (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Barbara Hambly Short Stories/Novellas

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1Sunrise On Running Water (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
2Sherlock Holmes - The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Star Trek: TOS (Numbered) Series

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1Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( By: Gene Roddenberry) 1979Description / Buy
2The Entropy Effect ( By: Vonda N. McIntyre) 1981Description / Buy
3The Klingon Gambit ( By: Robert E. Vardeman) 1981Description / Buy
4The Covenant of the Crown ( By:) 1981Description / Buy
5The Prometheus Design ( By: Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath) 1982Description / Buy
6The Abode of Life ( By:) 1982Description / Buy
7Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ( By: Vonda N. McIntyre) 1982Description / Buy
8Triangle ( By: Sondra Marshak, Myrna Culbreath) 1983Description / Buy
9Black Fire ( By:) 1983Description / Buy
10Web of the Romulans ( By:) 1983Description / Buy
11Mutiny on the Enterprise ( By: Robert E. Vardeman) 1983Description / Buy
12The Wounded Sky ( By: Diane Duane) 1983Description / Buy
13The Trellisane Confrontation ( By:) 1984Description / Buy
14Corona ( By: Greg Bear) 1984Description / Buy
15Star Trek III: The Search for Spock ( By: Vonda N. McIntyre) 1984Description / Buy
16The Tears of the Singers ( By: Melinda M. Snodgrass) 1984Description / Buy
17The Vulcan Academy Murders ( By: Jean Lorrah) 1984Description / Buy
18Uhura's Song ( By: Janet Kagan) 1985Description / Buy
19Uhura's Song ( By: Janet Kagan) 1985Description / Buy
20Shadow Lord ( By:) 1985Description / Buy
21Ishmael 1985Description / Buy
22Killing Time ( By:) 1985Description / Buy
23Dwellers in the Crucible ( By:) 1985Description / Buy
24Pawns and Symbols ( By:) 1985Description / Buy
25Mindshadow ( By: J.M. Dillard) 1986Description / Buy
26Crisis on Centaurus ( By:) 1986Description / Buy
27Demons ( By: J.M. Dillard) 1986Description / Buy
28Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ( By: Vonda N. McIntyre) 1986Description / Buy
29Chain of Attack ( By: Gene DeWeese) 1987Description / Buy
30Deep Domain ( By:) 1987Description / Buy
31Dreams of the Raven ( By:) 1987Description / Buy
32Bloodthirst ( By: J.M. Dillard) 1987Description / Buy
33The IDIC Epidemic ( By: Jean Lorrah) 1988Description / Buy
34The Final Nexus ( By: Gene DeWeese) 1988Description / Buy
35Timetrap ( By:) 1988Description / Buy
36The Three-Minute Universe ( By: Barbara Paul) 1988Description / Buy
37The Final Nexus ( By: Gene DeWeese) 1988Description / Buy
38Vulcan's Glory ( By:) 1989Description / Buy
39Double, Double ( By: Michael Jan Friedman) 1989Description / Buy
40Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ( By: J.M. Dillard, William Shatner) 1989Description / Buy
41Home is the Hunter ( By:) 1990Description / Buy
42Enemy Unseen ( By:) 1990Description / Buy
43Ghost-Walker 1991Description / Buy
44Renegade ( By: Gene DeWeese) 1991Description / Buy
45Legacy ( By: Michael Jan Friedman) 1991Description / Buy
46The Rift ( By: Peter David) 1991Description / Buy
47Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ( By: J.M. Dillard) 1992Description / Buy
48Faces of Fire ( By: Michael Jan Friedman) 1992Description / Buy
49Ice Trap ( By: L.A. Graf) 1992Description / Buy
50Sanctuary ( By: John Vornholt) 1992Description / Buy
51Death Count ( By: L.A. Graf) 1992Description / Buy
52Shell Game ( By:) 1993Description / Buy
53The Starship Trap ( By: Mel Gilden) 1993Description / Buy
54Windows on a Lost World ( By:) 1993Description / Buy
55From the Depths ( By: Victor Milán) 1993Description / Buy
56The Great Starship Race ( By: Diane Carey) 1993Description / Buy
57Firestorm ( By: L.A. Graf) 1994Description / Buy
58The Patrian Transgression ( By: Simon Hawke) 1994Description / Buy
59Crossroad 1994Description / Buy
60The Better Man ( By:) 1994Description / Buy
61The Fearful Summons ( By: Denny Martin Flinn) 1995Description / Buy
62First Frontier ( By: Diane Carey) 1995Description / Buy
63The Captain's Daughter ( By: Peter David) 1995Description / Buy
64Twilight's End ( By: Jerry Oltion) 1996Description / Buy
65The Rings of Tautee ( By: Dean Wesley Smith) 1996Description / Buy
66The Joy Machine ( By: Theodore Sturgeon) 1996Description / Buy
67Mudd in Your Eye ( By: Jerry Oltion) 1997Description / Buy
68Mind Meld ( By: John Vornholt) 1997Description / Buy
69Heart of the Sun ( By: Pamela Sargent) 1997Description / Buy
70Assignment: Eternity ( By: Greg Cox) 1998Description / Buy
71Vulcan's Heart ( By: Josepha Sherman) 1999Description / Buy
72Across the Universe ( By: Pamela Sargent) 1999Description / Buy
73In the Name of Honor ( By: Dayton Ward) 2002Description / Buy
74Constellations ( By: Marco Palmieri) 2006Description / Buy
75The Disinherited ( By: Peter David, Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman) 2007Description / Buy
76The Children of Kings ( By:) 2010Description / Buy
77Cast No Shadow ( By: James Swallow, Dayton Ward) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Bending the Landscape Series with , Stephen Baxter, , , Allen Steele, James A. Moore, , Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner, , Tanya Huff, , Robin Wayne Bailey, , Nancy Kress, , , , , , , , , L. Timmel Duchamp, , Nicola Griffith, , , , Wendy Rathbone, , Élisabeth Vonarburg

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1Bending the Landscape: Fantasy ( By: , , James A. Moore, , Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner, , Tanya Huff, , Robin Wayne Bailey, , , , , , Nicola Griffith) 1997Description / Buy
2Bending The Landscape: Science Fiction ( By: , Stephen Baxter, Allen Steele, , , Nancy Kress, , , , L. Timmel Duchamp, , Nicola Griffith, , , Wendy Rathbone, Élisabeth Vonarburg) 1998Description / Buy
3Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Horror Writing ( With: , , , , , , Nicola Griffith) 2001Description / Buy

Barbara Hambly Anthologies

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1 Once Upon a Time1991Description / Buy
2 Sisters of the Night1995Description / Buy
3 War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches1996Description / Buy
4 Midnight Mass and Other Great Vampire Stories1999Description / Buy
5 Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Horror Writing2001Description / Buy
6 My Sherlock Holmes2003Description / Buy
7 Night's Edge2004Description / Buy
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The middle child among three siblings, Barbara read a lot when she was growing up. She was a teenager when she encountered The Lord of the Rings, a book that cemented her love for fantasy. As she matured, her interest in costumery manifested.

She went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Medieval History (University of California). However, she did not necessarily live the life of an established scholar. Hambly knew early on that she wanted to write fiction.

As such, she did a number of odd jobs. People that have read her books will tell you that most of them feature paragraphs in which she talks about her time as a waitress, a karate instructor, a model, and even a teacher to mention but few.

It isn’t that uncommon for aspiring writers to do odd jobs as they write. However, most aspiring writers tend to stumble into those odd jobs even as they struggle to identify where they belong and how much of their life they are willing to spend pursuing their publishing dreams.

In the case of Barbara Hambly, she already knew that she wanted to write for a living, and no one was going to tell her otherwise. So she purposefully chose jobs that would give her the time to write, which is why she meandered through so many careers before finally writing Time of the Dark, her first published novel.

Her hard work and determination paid off. Her bibliography includes dozens upon dozens of short stories and original novels. She has also written stories set in pre-existing franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek.

Barbara Hambly’s fans will tell you that her novels and short stories are not necessarily unique or original. In fact, she uses a lot of tired science fiction and fantasy tropes and clichés.

However, the author’s objective isn’t to pioneer new ideas. Rather, she tries to use the same old plot devices to tell new stories featuring some of the most unusual characters the genres of science fiction and fantasy have ever seen.

Her protagonists endure quite a bit of suffering. Hambly spends a lot of time exploring the ethical implications of every notable action her heroes and heroines take, the loss and regret they suffer as a result and the realistic conclusions their journeys meet.

Barbara Hambly Awards

Barbara Hambly took home the Locus Award for Those Who Hunt the Night in 1989. She won the Lord Ruthven Award for Traveling with the Dead. She has also received Locus Award nominations for installments in the Darwath, Sun Wolf and Starhawk, and the Winterlands’ series.

Best Barbara Hambly Books

Hambly’s fans love the fact that she has no interest in letting the desires of her readers guide the direction of her work, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

The Time of the Dark: Gil Patterson is a Medieval History student who can’t get a good night’s sleep. Strange dreams keep assaulting her, the kinds that feature apocalyptic scenarios. And they all seem so vivid, especially those with the old man who not only sees her but goes so far as to speak to her.

At first, Gil is content to simply ignore these dreams. But then she wakes up one night to find the same old man from her dreams sitting in her kitchen.

The stranger in question is a wizard from another world and he needs Gil to help him save a special person from a dark force.

Dragonsbane: A black dragon has descended and only John Aversin can fight it. Aversin actually killed a dragon, the only living man to ever do so. Young Gareth knows that they cannot hope to free the Deep of Ylferdum from this new threat without him.

So he journeys to the Winterlands in the hopes of securing Aversin’s help. At first, Gareth thinks that his fortunes are turning. Not only does Aversin agree to help Gareth but they are joined on their quest by Jenny, the mother of Aversin’s children.

However, when they arrive at court, they are shocked to find that a sorceress has blanketed the King with an evil spell. It will take all the forces Gareth can muster to save his king and his people from the gathering dark.

When Does The Next Barbara Hambly book come out?

Barbara Hambly doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Scandal in Babylon and was released on September, 7th 2021. It is the newest book in the Silver Screen Historical Mystery Series.

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