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Encyclopedic Guide to the Okal Rel Universe, The
Thousands of people around the world enjoy the complex cultures, dramatic plots and well-developed characters of the Okal Rel Saga by Lynda Williams, produced in trade paperback format by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. The guide to the Okal Rel universe deepens this pleasure for fans of the series, provides a background for beginners and acts as a reference for potential creative contributors to future anthologies.
The guide covers concepts, characters and places featured either in the saga or any of the additional works of the Okal Rel Legacy Series published under the Absolute XPress imprint of Edge under the direction of Lynda Williams as series editor. It also introduces the reader to the unusually long, diverse and deep creative history of this well-loved series and the thematic ideas about the tensions between idealism and reality which animate it.
About Lynda Williams:
Lynda Williams has been creating the Okal Rel Universe through three degrees and at least as many careers. The main saga consits of 10 novels. Works by both Lynda and other writers captivated by the story-potential of the ORU, are published by Edge's sister-press, Absolute X-Press.
She taught computer literacy at the University of Northern BC and holds an M.L.S. from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. from McMaster. She was born in Prince George, British Columbia and graduated from the University of Victoria with an emphasis in Chemistry and Creative Writing. She currently lives in British Columbia, Canada.
"All my life," Lynda explains her eclectic education and life experience, "I had questions that no single discipline could answer without help from others."
Fully-realized characters living the drama and humor of culture clash surrounding power, sexual mores and social values are the hallmark of the Okal Rel experience: dramatizing questions about what it means to be human. Enthusiastic readers range from precocious pre-teens to senior citizens, and include thinking people from PhDs to high school dropouts. The gentle, beautiful, vanilla-scented Amel Dem'Vrel, title character of The Courtesan Prince, provides a focus for the series as his life plays out the age-old story of the prince raised as a pauper combined with the notion of the prostitute with a heart of gold, despite being male. But Amel's slow recovery from a traumatic youth and rise to power as his people's leader is only the backdrop for the lives and passions of a cast of characters who seize the stage for as long as a book (e.g. Horth Nersal in Righteous Anger) or weave their own bright threads through the ten-novel saga (e.g. reluctant rebel Perry D'Aur, the intense and brooding Di Mon, or trickster, warrior, poet Eler Nersal). [MORE]
Imprint: Absolute XPress