Brian Daley (1947 - 1996) was an American science fiction writer.
His novels include a space opera trilogy (Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds
, Jinx on a Terran Inheritance
, and Fall of the White Ship Avatar
) featuring the adventures of Odd Couple
Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh, and the fantasy novel The Doomfarers of Coramonde
, in which a group of Vietnam veterans are recruited to defend a magic kingdom.
Daley also did film and television tie-in work, including the novelization of TRON
. He was one of the first authors to work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
, writing a trilogy of novels featuring the adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca before they met Luke Skywalker (in which he forshadows the Millenium Falcon
flying through a chasm sideways before The Empire Strikes Back
and droid armies long
before the prequels). He also wrote all the scripts for the Star Wars radio adaptation
His many collaborations with James Luceno were published under the joint pseudonym "Jack McKinney", and included a large number of Robotech
spin-off novels as well as a smaller but not insignificant body of original fiction.
Works by Brian Daley provide examples of:
- Automaton Horses: Averted in The Doomfarers of Coramonde, especially when it's mentioned that one of the legends of a certain tribe of horse-riding nomads involves a young man who rode a horse to death in an attempt to rescue his sweetheart. When he saved her and she found out what he'd done to the horse, she killed him.
- Awesome Personnel Carrier: The plot of The Doomfarers of Coramonde kicks off when a sorcerer, seeking something that will defeat a rampaging dragon, summons up an APC and its crew from another world.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: The Starfollowers of Coramonde has a character named Brodur who uses his right hand in fencing while setting up a hustle bet, and insults his opponent by saying, more or less, "I could beat you, even left-handed." Brodur is left-handed, and once the bet is for big money, he shows it.
- Magic Versus Science: In the stand-alone novel A Tapestry of Magics, it is mentioned that technology tends to be unreliable the closer one gets to the "Singularity" (the center of the multiverse).
- No Face Under the Mask: In The Doomfarers of Coramonde, the general of the evil wizard's army is wearing a golden mask. Turns out he is blank under the mask: No eyes, no nose, no mouth, no nothing. The wizard must have either created him or mutilated him horribly.
- Parasol of Pain: In the Floyt & Fitzhugh trilogy, a well-equipped "breakabout" (spacer) will often carry a "gamp" or "brolly" that can double-in-brass as a weapon, emergency shelter, and other things.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Hobart Floyt has access to a whole galaxy's worth of futuristic weaponry but he chooses to carry a reproduction Webley revolver for its simplicity and reliability.