Dave Freer is a South African Fisheries Scientist turned sf/fantasy author, who has settled on Flinders Island, Australia.
Freer writes from a wide experience of being in trouble in small boats, rough water and rickety cliffs. With that and aquatic invertebrates to provide bizarre biology, and South African socio-politics to provide an alien landscape, and an appalling sense of humour, he is well fitted to write humorous, action-filled sf, which is why more than half his work is alternate-history/fantasy. There is a kind of perverse logic about the man. He is married to Barbara, who combines her extreme brilliance with a tolerance of a mildly crazed husband (who can cook but whose head is in alternate worlds half the time) and terrific proof-reading skills.
Dave has 14 novels in print (either as author or co-author) and the 15th due out in April, and 16 and seventeen due out later 2012. Freer's books and stories are known for an arrant disrespect of established wisdom and mockery of shibboleths, sacred cows and untouchable tall poppies. They're also funny sometimes, even after the spelling has been corrected.
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The Interstellar Empire of Man was built on the enslavement of the gentle Stardogs, companions and Theta-space transporters of the vanished Denaari Dominion. But the Stardogs that humans found can't go home to breed, and are slowly dying out.
As the ruthless Empire collapses from its rotten core outward, an Imperial barge is trapped on top of a dying Stardog when an attempted
A Mankind Witch
The magical arm-ring of Telemark has been stolen. A new Viking age of blood and mayhem will be born unless it can be recovered. Princess Signy has been blamed for the theft, and 'escaped' to Trollheim. Cair, her thrall, once a corsair captain, knows she's innocent. He's a man of science, and not all the Kobolds, trolls and grendel himself will stop him tearing the 9 Norse worlds apart to find her.
Xenophobic Aliens fight a genocidal war with the last survivors of humanity on the only colony world that remains. Destruction is imminent, unless Keilin and Shael manage to find the sections of a matter transmitter, scattered across a savage world,some already taken by their inimical foes. They have swords against lasers and nukes. It’s a lost cause, a forlorn hope.
But it’s all humans have.
Bolg, PI: Wolfy Ladies
Private Investigator Bolg, a Pictish gentleman who happens to be vertically challenging, a self-proclaimed dwarf and tattooed so heavily he appears blue, finds himself called on undertake paranormal cases: in this case finding the missing mage who supplies the potion that helps werewolves retain their human shape at full moon.
Bolg, PI: Away with the Fairies
Private Investigator Bolg, a Pictish gentleman who happens to be vertically challenging, a self-proclaimed dwarf and tattooed so heavily he appears blue, finally gets his first case. Unfortunately his only client to date is a rich fruitcake who wants him to find the fairies for her. That's bad enough, but Bolg knows the fairies, and they're worse.
Bolg PI: The Vampire Bride
Private Investigator Bolg, a Pictish gentleman who happens to be vertically challenging, a self-proclaimed dwarf and tattooed so heavily he appears blue, finds himself called on undertake paranormal cases: in this case tracing the Vampire bride's absconded or kidnapped groom.
The Road to Dundee
A short paranormal romance set in the Scotland of just after Bonnie Prince Charlie's failed uprising.
Soot & Cassandra
Soot the almost black cat guards the portal between here and otherwhere along with his witch. They must defend it against werewolves, trolls, faerie and worst, the humans of suburbia.