Esther Friesner (also known as Esther M. Friesner) is a fantasy author best known for her humorous works, though she spans the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness. Friesner was named Outstanding New Fantasy Writer by Romantic Times in 1986. She won the Skylark Award in 1994. She has been nominated a number of times for the HugoAward and NebulaAward, winning the NebulaAward for Best Short Story in 1995 and 1996 for, respectively, "Death and the Librarian" and "A Birth Day". She has also edited a large number of anthologies, perhaps most famously the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' series.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.

Her website can be found [[http://www.sff.net/people/e.friesner/ here]].

Her books include:
* Chronicles of the Twelve Kingdoms
** ''Mustapha and His Wise Dog'', 1985
** ''Spells of Mortal Weaving'', 1986
** ''The Witchwood Cradle'', 1987
** ''The Water King's Laughter'', 1989
* Demons Trilogy
** ''Here Be Demons'', 1988
** ''Demon Blues'', 1989
** ''Hooray For Hellywood'', 1990
* New York by Knight Trilogy
** ''New York by Knight'', 1986
** ''Elf Defense'', 1988
** ''Sphynxes Wild'', 1989
* Gnome Man's Land Trilogy
** ''Gnome Man's Land'', 1991
** ''Harpy High'', 1991
** ''Unicorn U'', 1992
* Majyk Trilogy
** ''Majyk by Accident'', 1993
** ''Majyk by Hook Or Crook'', 1994
** ''Majyk by Design'', 1995
* Becca of Wiserways
** ''The Psalms Of Herod'', 1996
** ''The Sword Of Mary'', 1996

ExpandedUniverse novels
* Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch: ''Prisoner of Cabin 13'' (Book 11 of series)
* Franchise/StarTrek Universe:
** ''To Storm Heaven'' (Dec 1997, Star Trek: The Next Generation Numbered series, Book 46)
** ''Warchild''(Sep 1994, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series, Book 7)
* ''Film/MenInBlack II'' ({{Novelization}}), 2002

The HistoricalFiction series ''Princesses of Myth'' [[http://princessesofmyth.com/]][[note]]The heroines are, in order: Princess Helen of Troy (''Nobody's Princess/Nobody's Prize''); Queen Nefertiti of Egypt (''Sphinx's Princess/Sphinx's Queen''); Queen Himiko of Yamataikoku (Japan) (''Spirit's Princess/Spirit's Chosen''); and Queen Maeve of Connacht (Ireland) (''Deception's Princess/Deception's Pawn'').[[/note]]
* ''Nobody's Princess'', 2007
* ''Nobody's Prize'', 2008
* ''Sphinx's Princess'', 2009
* ''Sphinx's Queen'', 2010
* ''Spirit's Princess'', 2012
* ''Spirit's Chosen'', 2013
* ''Deception's Princess'', 2014
* ''Deception's Pawn'', due 2015

Non-series novels
* ''Harlot's Ruse'', 1986
* ''The Silver Mountain'', 1986
* ''Druid's Blood'', 1988
* ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids'', 1992
* ''Split Heirs'' (with Creator/LawrenceWattEvans), 1993
* ''Wishing Season'', 1993
* ''The Sherwood Game'', 1995
* ''Child of the Eagle'', 1996
* ''Playing with Fire'', 1997
* ''E.Godz'' (with Robert Asprin), 2003
* ''Temping Fate'', 2006
* ''Threads and Flames'', 2010

Short Story Collections
* ''It's Been Fun''
* ''Up The Wall & Other Tales of KingArthur and His Knights''
* ''Death and the Librarian and Other Stories''

Antholgies edited
* ''Alien Pregnant by Elvis!''
* Literature/ChicksInChainmail
** ''Chicks in Chainmail''
** ''Did You Say Chicks?!''
** ''Chicks 'n Chained Males''
** ''The Chick is in the Mail''
** ''Turn the Other Chick''
* Witches
** ''Witch Way to the Mall''
** ''Strip Maul''
* Vampires
** ''Blood Muse''
** ''Fangs for the Mammaries''


!! Tropes applying to her work include:
* ActionGirl - ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, several characters in the ''Majyk'' series, Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''
* AfterTheEnd - Implied to be the setting of the ''Becca of Wiserways'' books.
* AlternateUniverse - several examples.
* ChainmailBikini - parodied in the ''ChicksInChainmail'' series
* ChristopherColumbus - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - in ''The Sherwood Game''.
* {{Deconstruction}} - a number of her ''ChicksInChainmail'' stories deconstruct the genre comically. ''Split Heirs'' deconstructs ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' stories. All Genie tropes in ''Wishing Season''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - A man offered his four year old daughter to the dragon in ''New York By Knight'', which proved to be a bad idea. This dragon was far more traditional about its sacrifices.
* ForbiddenZone - Becca of Wiserways series.
* FreeingTheGenie - in ''Wishing Season''
* GayBarReveal - in ''Demon Blues''.
* GoodOldWays - Becca of Wiserways.
* HiddenBackupPrince
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Megan, the protagonist of ''Harlot's Ruse''.
* JackassGenie - in ''Wishing Season''
* MagicAmpersand - the game "Palaces & Puppies" is mentioned in ''Majyk by Hook or Crook''
* {{Magick}} - parodied with "Majyk", and later in the series ''"Magique"''
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Curio, from the ''Majyk'' series, is a parody of Fabio.
* TheNudifier - the dragon from ''NewYorkByKnight'' causes an intended victim's clothes to vanish in order for her to be properly presented as an offering.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent - The ''Demon'' Trilogy.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent - The ''Demon'' Trilogy.
* PunBasedTitle - later books in the ''ChicksInChainmail'' series, including ''Chicks 'n Chained Males'', ''The Chick Is In The Mail'' and ''Turn The Other Chick''. ''New York by Knight'', ''Elf Defense'' ''Hooray for Hellywood'', ''Split Heirs''
* RobinHood - ''The Sherwood Game'' is about a {{Cyberspace}} game featuring the Robin Hood characters; it gets complicated when InstantAIJustAddWater kicks in. (Though things don't get ''really'' bad until the CorruptCorporateExecutive shows up.)
* SexBot - The RobinHood program in ''The Sherwood Game'' gets downloaded into a pleasure android.
* ShoutOut - The village idiots in the Majyk trilogy are named [[Creator/LawrenceWattEvans Lorrenz, Wot, and Evvon]], the title characters of ''Death and the Librarian'' were inspired by some Literature/{{Discworld}} figurines she had on her desk (though the story has nothing to do with Literature/{{Discworld}}.
* SinisterMinister - played for comedy in ''Hooray for Hellywood'', televangelist "Sometime" Joseph Lee is in fact the demon Raleel.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: from the very funny, pun-laden ''Majyk'' series to the post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld of ''Becca of Wiserways''.
* SterilityPlague - In Becca of Wiserways, some sort of unspecified DepopulationBomb in the past has made it so that women only get their periods once per ''year''.
* SweetPollyOliver - a few, often overlapping with ActionGirl.
* TalkingAnimal- A magically-talking cat in both the ''Majyk'' series and ''Wishing Season''
* TeenageWasteland - Becca of Wiserways encounters one.
* TheMagicGoesAway - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''
* UrbanFantasy - The ''New York By Knight'' trilogy, ''Demon'' Trilogy and ''Gnome Man's Land'' Trilogy, ''The Sherwood Game''
* {{Whatevermancy}} - at conventions she offers demonstrations of Cheeblemancy, the art of divination by asking a stuffed hamster.
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