Skip to main content 
Owing to the screen size of your device, you may obtain a better viewing experience by rotating your device a quarter-turn (to get the so-called “panorama” screen view).
owlcroft logo
An Owlcroft Company
web site.

 Click to 
email us.

If you like this site,
please post a link to it!


Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works

Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

Welcome to the Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works web site!

You have apparently come to this page from a link on a search engine or another site. If this is your first visit here, I much recommend that you take a few minutes to look over the introductory material accessible via the red “Introductory” navigation block just below the pictures. An understanding of the purposes and principles of organization of this site will, I hope and believe, much augment your experience here, for this page and in general. You can simply click this link to get at the site front page, which, unsurprisingly, is the best place to start. Thank you for visiting.
Search, or just roll your cursor over the colored boxes farther below.
Click the “X” above to dismiss the Search results.

You are here:  Home  »  Authors  »  Individual  »  John Gardner ( = this page)


Site navigation: place your cursor over a block below to see the pages list for that block.

John Gardner


Quick page jumps:



Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of John Gardner and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Gardner.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Gardner: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Gardner tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Gardner worthy; in sum, to help you rank John Gardner (and the works by Gardner listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About John Gardner

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

Return to the page top. ↑

Other John Gardner Resources

(A reminder: this is John C. Gardner, the American author, we're dealing with here, not the British John E. Gardner who writes thrillers.)

Fortunately, Gardner has a strong following--richly deserved--and those with an appetite for Gardner-related material will assuredly not go hungry.


John Gardner Resources on the Web

The leading resources are The Arch and the Abyss and the John C. Gardner Appreciation Page (from the John Gardner Society); also important is The Grendex,"An Index to John Gardner's Grendel". (Thomas Fasano's Gardner site, Spectres & Salvation, was down when last I looked, but may still exist.) And The Arch an the Abyss has a further list, lengthy, of Online Essays & Commentary about Gardner's Life & Work--that site is quite a Gardner one-stop shopping center; but the John C. Gardner Appreciation Page is also something special, and also has a substantial column of further Gardner links on its front page.

Further, there are not one but two Gardner Yahoo-based discussion groups: John Gardner - The Author of Grendel, Mickelsson's Ghosts, etc. and the John Gardner Discussion List.


John Gardner Resources in Print

No use re-inventing the wheel: the heavy lifting has already been done, resulting in the list Books about John Gardner: Criticism, Scholarship & Biography at The Arch an the Abyss; it looks quite thorough. And that site also has a Checklist of Secondary Sources.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by John Gardner ***


(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
(Do not confuse this John Gardner—John Champlin Gardner—with the chap who continued the James Bond novels; this John Gardner is one of the major figures of American literature. The books below are only those few of his that lie in our fields—his complete oeuvre is much wider and larger).


Disclaimers  |  Privacy Policy

owl logo This site is one of The Owlcroft Company family of web sites. Please click on the link (or the owl) to see a menu of our other diverse user-friendly, helpful sites.
owl logo Like all our sites, this one is hosted at the highly regarded Pair Networks, whom we strongly recommend. We invite you to click on the Pair link or logo for more information on hosting by a first-class service.

(Note: All Owlcroft systems run on Ubuntu Linux and we heartily recommend it to everyone—click on the link for more information).


All content copyright © 2020 The Owlcroft Company
(excepting quoted material, which is believed to be Fair Use).

This web page is strictly compliant with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) Protocol v1.0 (Transitional) and the W3C Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Protocol v3 — because we care about interoperability. Click on the logos below to test us!



This page was last modified on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, at 5:41 pm Pacific Time.