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Margaret Weis
Margaret Weis 2005
Margaret Weis at the Lucca convention in October 2005.

Born March 16, 1948 (1948-03-16) (age 69)
Independence, Missouri
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States of America
Writing period 1984-Present
Genres Fantasy Fiction

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Margaret Edith Weis (born March 16, 1948 in Independence, Missouri, United States) is a fantasy novelist who, along with Tracy Hickman, is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world and has written numerous novels and short stories set in the world of Krynn. She graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia and now lives in southern Wisconsin in a converted barn. Most recently, she has completed the third novel in the Dragonvarld trilogy for TOR, Master of Dragons. Her second novel in the Dark Disciple series, Amber and Iron, was released to stores on February 1, 2006. She has finished work on the first novel in the Lost Chronicles series with co-author Hickman, entitled Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, which was released in July 2006.

In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Margaret Weis as one of The Millennium's Most Influential Persons "at least in the realm of adventure gaming."[1] The magazine stated that Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are "basically responsible for the entire gaming fiction genre."[1] Weis was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2002, recognized in part for "one game line turned literary sensation: Dragonlance."[2]

In addition to her writing career, Margaret serves as the owner and chief officer of two publishing companies, including Sovereign Press, Inc., a game publisher based in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The company used to own the license to Larry Elmore's Sovereign Stone RPG world, hence the name of the company. It now produces the Dragonlance line of game products, licensed from Wizards of the Coast. Her newest company, Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd, publishes RPG line based on several licenses including Serenity and Battlestar Galactica as well as Ed Greenwood's new solo venture into roleplaying, Castlemourn.

Despite her fame as a fantasy author, she claims not to read fantasy books.[3]

On a personal level, Weis is a mother of two (David (deceased) and Elizabeth (Lizz) Baldwin) from her first marriage. She has also divorced her second husband, Canadian-born author Don Perrin.

Weis is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 1993 and underwent successful chemotherapy. She kept herself busy writing The Seventh Gate during her treatment.[4]

BibliographyEdit

Dragonlance Edit

Main article: Dragonlance

1 (co-author Tracy Hickman)
² (co-author Don Perrin)

Endless Quest Edit

Main article: Endless Quest
  1. The Endless Catacombs (1984)

Darksword Edit

Main article: Darksword

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Forging the Darksword (1987)
  2. Doom of the Darksword (1988)
  3. Triumph of the Darksword (1988)
  4. Legacy of the Darksword (1997)

Rose of the Prophet Edit

Main article: Rose of the Prophet

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. The Will of the Wanderer (1988)
  2. Paladin of the Night (1989)
  3. The Prophet of Akhran (1989)

Star of the Guardians Edit

Main article: Star of the Guardians
  1. The Lost King (1990)
  2. King's Test (1991)
  3. King's Sacrifice (1991)
  4. Ghost Legion (1993)

The Death Gate Cycle Edit

Main article: The Death Gate Cycle

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Dragon Wing (1990)
  2. Elven Star (1991)
  3. Fire Sea (1992)
  4. Serpent Mage (1993)
  5. The Hand of Chaos (1993)
  6. Into the Labyrinth (1994)
  7. The Seventh Gate (1995)

Mag Force 7 Edit

Main article: Mag Force 7

(co-author Don Perrin)

  1. The Knights of the Black Earth (1995)
  2. Robot Blues (1996)
  3. Hung Out (1997)

Starshield Edit

Main article: Starshield

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Starshield: Sentinels (1996)
  2. Nightsword (1998)

Dragon's Disciple Edit

Main article: Dragon's Disciple

(co-author David Baldwin, her son)

  1. Dark Heart (1998)

Sovereign Stone Edit

Main article: Sovereign Stone

(co-author Tracy Hickman)

  1. Well of Darkness (2000)
  2. Guardians of the Lost (2001)
  3. Journey into the Void (2003)

Dragonvarld Edit

Main article: Dragonvarld
  1. Mistress of Dragons (2003)
  2. The Dragon's Son (2004)
  3. Master of Dragons (2005)

TriviaEdit

  • In the Dragons of Autumn Twilight (1984), Margaret includes allusions to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, one of her favorites stories. References include But there was something disquieting about him—secret, silent, self-contained, and solitary as an oyster[7]and The fate of mankind is my business, turning the quote from meaning good to meaning harm.[8]
  • To describe a scene in Dragons of Winter Night (1985) where dragons attacked the city of Tarsis, Margaret Weis studied World War II films of the bombing of London.[9]
  • In Dragons of Winter Night (1985), Margaret references Othello by William Shakespeare, with the phrase "No, you're wrong, Tanis. I sent him away."[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Haring, Scott D. (1999-12-24). "Second Sight: The Millennium's Best "Other" Game and The Millennium's Most Influential Person". Pyramid (online). http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=1306. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  2. "Origins Award Winners (2001) and Hall of Fame Inductees". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. http://www.originsgamefair.com/awards/2001/list-of-winners. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. Margaret Weis. "Books I'm Reading". Internet Archive. http://web.archive.org/web/20051119003842/www.margaretweis.com/books/booksiread.php. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  4. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "An Interview with Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.". Realms of Dragons: The Universes of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (1st edition ed.). HarperPrism. pp. 55. ISBN 0-06-105239-6. 
  5. "Origins Award Winners (2000)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. http://www.originsgamefair.com/awards/2000/list-of-winners. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  6. WoTC forum postings by WoTC Community Liason, Hickman and Weis.[1]
  7. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "Book 2, volume 1, chapter 5, The riot. Tas disappears. Alhana Starbreeze.". The Annotated Chronicles (1st edition ed.). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 529. ISBN 0-7869-1870-5. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dlant/887780000. Retrieved 2006-07-01. 
  8. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "Book 2, volume 1, chapter 8, Escape from Tarsis. The story of the Dragon Orbs.". The Annotated Chronicles (1st edition ed.). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 572. ISBN 0-7869-1870-5. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dlant/887780000. Retrieved 2006-07-01. 
  9. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "Book 2, volume 1, chapter 7, —Not destined to meet again in this world.". The Annotated Chronicles (1st edition ed.). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 552. ISBN 0-7869-1870-5. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dlant/887780000. Retrieved 2006-07-01. 
  10. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "Book 2, volume 1, chapter 8, Escape from Tarsis. The story of the Dragon Orbs.". The Annotated Chronicles (1st edition ed.). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 581. ISBN 0-7869-1870-5. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dlant/887780000. Retrieved 2006-07-01. 
  11. Margaret Weis; Tracy Hickman. "Book 2, volume 1, chapter 10, Waking dreams. Future visions.". The Annotated Chronicles (1st edition ed.). Wizards of the Coast. pp. 604. ISBN 0-7869-1870-5. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dlant/887780000. Retrieved 2006-07-01. 

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