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Niel Hancock

Born: Jan 8, 1941

Death: Jan 1, 2011

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Niel Hancock

Date of Birth : Jan 8, 1941
Date of Death : Jan 1, 2011

Niel Hancock was an American fantasy writer most famous for authoring the Circle of Light series and creating the fictional universe of Atlanton Earth. After being out of print for several years, his novels were reprinted by Tor Books. Hancock's fantasy books are grouped into three sets of four books each. A stand-alone novel, Dragon Winter, is set in the same fictional universe, but not explicitly part of the larger storyline. Hancock wrote high fantasy marketed for adults, but his works contain straightforward plots and tropes such as anthropomorphic animals more traditionally found in children's literature. For this reason, his works enjoy a great degree of popularity among younger readers as well. Containing spiritual overtones similar to Ursula K. Le Guin, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, Hancock's books emphasize Buddhism and Eastern religious motifs. His books were released at a time when interest in high fantasy was at a peak, and very little writing in that genre existed. Straddling the gap between young adult and adult fantasy, Hancock's books have remained popular well after their original publication.


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