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James Alan Gardner, Writer: Rambling Thoughts

Theoretically, this is the section where I allow myself to blather on about whatever is on my mind. In practice, it may end up being a place where I put things that don't fit elsewhere.

The PlaneScape Novel: Fire and Dust

I wrote Fire and Dust because I fell in love with the PlaneScape setting in Dungeons & Dragons. This is a silly thing for a professional writer to do, without a contract in hand. So it goes. The novel wanted to be written and I had a good time doing it.

I finished the novel in June 1995, before TSR published "The Factols' Manifesto". Therefore, a number of things in the book don't gibe with the Manifesto or with supplements published since then. Sorry. I was willing to write the book on spec, but I can't justify going back and making changes now, just to keep it consistent with new material. I wrote it the way it is, and that's how it's going to stay.

When I finished the book, I sent it to my agent who sent it to TSR. My agent finally heard back from them in June 1996 (which tells you how long it sat on TSR's desk...let that be another warning to anyone who writes D&D books on spec). The book was rejected.

So what was I going to do with a novel that was rejected by its only possible market? Make it available on the Web, of course.

You can get the novel in HTML format by going to the Official Planescape fiction site. If the link doesn't work, or if there's some problem with you using the version you get, mail me and we'll try to figure out what's happening.

And for the people who have wondered about sequels to Fire and Dust...I'm not going to write any (unless Wizards of the Coast offers me enough cash to make it worth my while), but you can find out how I thought the sequels would go by clicking here.

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