As I’m sure we all know, Stephen Donaldson burst onto the scene in 1977 with his extraordinary debut trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. It was an astonishingly assured and – let’s not deny it – bleak trilogy, that seemed intent on casting as much as possible of the prevailing ‘rules’ of high fantasy through a glass darkly. Followed by The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever trilogy and the Mordant’s Need diptych, these works established a mature and important voice in the rapidly-developing fantasy landscape of the ’70s & ’80s. Donaldson then moved on to the Science Fictional Gap series in the ’90s before returning to The Land in the twenty-first century with The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
He is one of the most important writers in modern fantasy and we salute him on the occasion of his birthday!