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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 UsefulNotes/NebulaAward, winning the Nebula Award 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]].

[[folder: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'', 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''

Anthologies 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''
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!!Works with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' series
* ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' series

!!Other works contain examples of:

* ActionGirl - Becca eventually becomes this in ''The Sword of Mary''.
* AfterTheEnd - Implied to be the setting of the ''Becca of Wiserways'' books.
* AlternateUniverse - several examples.
* {{Bridezilla}} - "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" starts with the narrator talking about his sister's bridezilla antics, which eventually leads to her being forced to ask one of the decorators to be a bridesmaid, thus kicking off the backstory. People later start to suspect that the title character is like this because she insists on having the wedding at the Club, but it later turns out that she was put up to it by her mother, who insisted that Wylda get the wedding that she never did.
* ChekhovMIA - In the ''Gnome Man's Land'' series, the father of the main character went out for a ''Sunday Times'' and never came back. It was later revealed that he'd spent the six years he'd been gone [[spoiler:as the Champion of the Fey]].
* ChristopherColumbus - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - in ''The Sherwood Game''.
* {{Deconstruction}} -
** ''Split Heirs'' deconstructs ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' stories.
** All Genie tropes in ''Wishing Season''.
* DungeonBypass - In ''Elf Defense'', our heroes are stuck in a [[MobileMaze magical semi-sentient hedgemaze]], which has just separated the college professor being pursued by a dragon from the elven prince who actually knows how to ''fight'' a dragon. No problem: the Welsh au pair calmly picks up a sword and proceeds to chop her way through the first hedge in the way. The maze, not being stupid, immediately opens a clear path for her.
* 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.
* FantasticFragility - In ''Elf Defense'', an elf explains that "only the Infinite is infinite" -- which means anything ''not'' the Infinite has to have a weakness. (Specifically in this case, an elven vulnerability to Latin.)
* ForbiddenZone - Becca of Wiserways series.
* FreakyFridayFlip - Happens to two of the protagonists of ''Harpy High''; since one of them has a physically abusive father, the other one acquires a little more understanding than he wanted.
* FreeingTheGenie - in ''Wishing Season''
* GayBarReveal - In ''Demon Blues'', one of the straight characters stumbles into a gay bar crying about the girl he can't get, proceeds to get so drunk he doesn't catch on, and when the bartender is worried about him, gets taken home by a chivalrous time-traveling UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart. He pieces it all together the next morning.
* GoodOldWays - Becca of Wiserways.
* HiddenBackupPrince - In ''Split Heirs'', the King's people believe that twins are a sign of infidelity, so when Queen Artemisia gives birth to triplets, she gives two of them to a nurse who gives them to two other families to raise as commoners. The rest of the book is a hilarious deconstruction of PrinceAndPauper tropes, especially since she accidentally gave both boys to the nurse forcing her to raise the girl as the prince.
* HistoricalFantasy - ''Child of the Eagle''. Venus appears to Marcus Brutus and convinces him to thwart the assassination of Julius Caesar.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Megan, the protagonist of ''Harlot's Ruse''.
* HouseFey - In the ''Gnome Man's Land'' series, Tim Desmond's mother's Russian ancestry causes a bannik (a household domestic sprite) to move in, which ends up driving her crazy with its obsessive cleanliness.
* InSpiteOfANail - In ''Druid's Blood'', magic works, so powerfully that the Druids stopped the Roman invasion and (presumably) any later invasions and kept Britain Celtic, but by the 19th Century London and the British look pretty much the same apart from details -- teleported scrolls instead of telegrams, Beltane fires in Trafalgar Square (they did fight Napoleon, he was a Gaulish Druid), Queen Victoria as a witch, etc. But this is strictly RuleOfFunny, since the point is to set a Franchise/SherlockHolmes adventure in a Celtic fantasy world.
* JackassGenie - in ''Wishing Season''
* LawyerFriendlyCameo - Towards the end of ''Harpy High'', the main character's mother starts dating Dr. Faustus and drawing a comic strip called ''Mr. Mephisto'' which, in the words of the main character's best friend, is about "this wizard and this demon and they go around with this [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} fat orange kitten]] that thinks all these funny things and eats lasagna and--"
* TheMagicGoesAway - ''Yesterday We Saw Mermaids''
* TheNudifier - the dragon from ''New York By Knight'' causes an intended victim's clothes to vanish in order for her to be properly presented as an offering.
* OnlyICanKillHim - In ''The Sherwood Game'', a programmer creates a VR Robin Hood game, and creates a specific rule that his character is the only one who can kill the Sheriff of Nottingham. He comes to regret this when he has to play the game [[YourMindMakesItReal with the safeties off]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent - The ''Demon'' Trilogy.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent - The ''Demon'' Trilogy.
* PantheonSitcom - ''Temping Fate'' has gods and anthropomorphic personifications (e.g. the Fates) like this, with rebellious teenage demigods, curmudgeonly elder gods, and so on.
* PokeThePoodle - In ''Demon Blues'', the hero is a college kid who for various reasons (like trying to rescue his roommate and impress his succubus girlfriend) is looking to acquire demonic magical power, which can only be earned through acts of evil. So he spends much of the book hunting for evil to do that won't, you know, ''hurt'' anybody...
* ThePowerOfRock - In ''Unicorn U.'', the apocalypse is averted with the power of samba.
* PrinceAndPauper - Parodied and subverted all to heck in ''Split Heirs'', in which there are ''two'' paupers and the prince is actually a girl raised as a boy.
* PunBasedTitle - ''New York by Knight'', ''Elf Defense'' ''Hooray for Hellywood'', ''Split Heirs''
* RaisedAsTheOppositeGender - ''Split Heirs'' tells the story of a queen who gives birth to triplets, two boys and a girl. However, her husband's people have the belief that multiple births stem from infidelity, so she asks her loyal retainer to take away the daughter and youngest son to be raised elsewhere, so the king would never find out about the triplets' birth. Alas, the retainer messes up, and take the two boys instead. By the time the queen discovers the mistake, it is too late, and she is forced to raise her daughter as a prince, and heir to the throne.
* RiddleOfTheSphinx -
** The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.
* 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 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''.
* TalkingAnimal - A magically-talking cat in ''Wishing Season''
* TeenageWasteland - Becca of Wiserways encounters one.
* UrbanFantasy - The ''New York By Knight'' trilogy, ''Demon'' Trilogy and ''Gnome Man's Land'' Trilogy, ''The Sherwood Game''
* VillainOverForDinner - In ''Elf Defense'', protagonist divorce lawyer Sandra Horowitz finds her mother having lunch with elven king Kelerison (whose ex-wife she's representing), who immediately has worked up all of her mom's JewishMother guilt against her.
* WishingForMoreWishes: Played with in ''Wishing Season''. It is standard for a genie to say that wishing for more wishes isn't allowed in his or her preamble, but BrilliantButLazy Student Genie Khalid forgets on his first time out, and is enslaved by a mortal for several years till he is rescued.
* {{Wishplosion}} - In the second half of ''Wishing Season'', a Jinn will be free to wreak havoc as soon as the hero uses his half-wish (he only gets half of what is stated in the wish), so he wishes for the Jinn to be free. This ends up with the Jinn being free of the spell that made him grant wishes, but married to a very nagging demoness.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage - ''Elf Defense'' includes among its minor characters a classic Tolkien/Shakespeare-style elf maiden whose speech is unexpectedly punctuated with the occasional bit of Yiddish. When called on it, she abashedly admits to dating a dybbuk (a possessing demon of Jewish myth).
* YoungFutureFamousPeople - The ''Princesses of Myth'' series, about historical or semihistorical (or straight-up mythical) princesses of history during their childhood and young adulthood. So far she has taken on Helen of Troy, Nefertiti of Egypt, Himiko of Yamatai/Japan, and Maeve of Connacht/Ireland.
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