wrote three Science Fiction
novels connected with the planet Warlock:
- Storm Over Warlock: Shann Lantee is the sole survivor when Throgs attack. With Ragnar Thorvald, whose ship is shot down soon after, they must survive — and discover the secret race living on Warlock
- Ordeal in Otherwhere: Charis Nordholm is brought to Warlock to deal with the matriarchial Wyverns
- Forerunner Foray: Ziantha's discovery of a Forerunner artifact leads to across planets to find more, and encounters a man who proves to be Shann and Charis's son.
also opens on Tikil, the same world as her Catseye
- A Friend in Need: Thorvald comes to Shann's assistance when the Throg is attacking him.
- After-Action Patchup: Thorvald treats Shann's injuries several times.
- Agony Beam: Shann remembers one, used on him as a child.
- All-Natural Gem Polish: Underground crystals are clearly crystalline.
- Artifact of Attraction: The bone coin
- Back from the Dead: Turan plays this for all it's worth
- Bond Creatures: The animals develop into this.
- Bring News Back: After Shann's capture in Ordeal, Charis must
- Cat Folk: Yasa in Foray is one.
- The Cavalry: At thend of Storm
- The City Narrows: The Dipple; the Dumps of Tyr
- Changing of the Guard: No two protagonists are alike.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Throgs threaten Shan with this.
- Damsel in Distress: When a Wyvern loses control of a forktail.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Shann tries to hide his.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: When they are caught in a cave.
- Description in the Mirror: Ziantha in Forerunner Foray
- Dirty Business: Leaving Lantee prisoner.
- Dream Spying: Speculated about in Storm
- Dude In Distress: Shann in Storm and Ordeal
- Due to the Dead: Turan was buried with a war captive.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Shann jumps to the rescue of a Wyvern.
- Empathic Weapon: Empathic gems, actually. Definitely having influence.
- Enclosed Space: The city where D'Eyree lives.
- The Exile: Puvult, in Foray, had returned after Turan's death — making Turan's revival dangerous.
- Fallen Princess: Charis fell to her enslaved position
- Feudal Future: the Forerunner civilization
- Field Promotion: Shann Lantee, to cadet
- The Final Temptation: The psychic return of a beloved but now deceased pet.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Thorvald and Shann in Storm; Ziantha and Turan in Foray
- Flaw Exploitation: Yasa leaves the planet under orders — when she wants to go.
- For Science!: Ziantha's usefulness in discovering ancient civilization ensures her final safety.
- Gendercide: Briefly used to set up the opening
- Gender-Restricted Ability: Dreaming among Wyverns
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Ziantha gets one while unable to contract the artifact
- God Guise: Turan and Vintha claimed to have miracluously returned by the direct intervention of the god Vut.
- Grand Theft Me: For once, the heroes pull this off, albeit accidently
- Grave Robbing: Their object is the "tomb of Turan."
- Heads or Tails: Or fly off through the air.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Turan's, to protect Ziantha.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Inverted: Garth's malice is not the cause of his own death, but it does save Shan's life.
- Human Sacrifice: Practiced for the dead in Foray
- I Gave My Word: The soldier Turan recruits to help
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In Ordeal, one set of bad shooting is lampshaded.
- In Medias Res: All three books.
- Inevitable Waterfall: A waterfall, or rapids, send them off the river despite their lack of ways to carry water
- Insectoid Aliens: The Throg, physically at least
- It's All About Me: Yasa is described as totally self-absorbed in Foray, though she is more practical than most about it.
- I Work Alone: D'Eyree's solitary approach to life means she's vulnerable
- Klingon Promotion: Practiced in the Thieves' Guild.
- Lady Land: The Wyvern cities are all female. The males appear, in Ordeal, to live in the wilderness; they do not dream, and are held inferior for it.
- Leonine Contract: Charis signs on as an effective slave, because the alternative is worse
- Loss of Identity: The threat of "erasure" hangs over sensitives who work for the Guild.
- Made a Slave: Indefinite term labor contracts; Charis signs one to escape, and is traded for agricultural slaves
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Even Charis finds the white death's selectivity very odd.
- Mental Fusion: In Ordeal
- Mental Time Travel: Ziantha and Turan in Foray.
- Mind-Control Device: The bone coin
- Mindlink Mates: Shann and Charis will be this after Ordeal, because their son talks of it in Foray
- Mind Probe: The Company men may use it on Lantee, after his capture.
- Monster Shaped Mountain: In Storm Over Warlock, Shann Lantee first dreams of, and then sees, a mountain like an enormous skull. Winged creatures fly into and out of its eyeholes.
- Necromancy: Ziantha thinks the artifact's effect is like this
- Nice to the Waiter: Garth Thorvald is not.
- The Oath-Breaker: Turan throws this at his widow.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Thorvald dubs a place Utgard, after a habitation of giants, from his planet's folklore
- Parental Abandonment:
- Shann's parents are never mentioned; he was an urchin on the streets very young.
- Charis's father died shortly before Ordeal began.
- Pet the Dog: Jagan is clearly distressed by what the contact with the Wyverns did to Sheeha.
- Planet Looters: The Throg live on raiding. They may have destroyed their native planet.
- Primal Fear: Being buried alive
- The Promise: The Throg makes one to Shann
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: In Foray, Ziantha and "Turan" exploit the civilization they fell into for their purposes — which amount to Tomb Robbing.
- Psychic Link: Shann and Charis develop one.
- Psychic Powers: All the protagonists. The Wyverns.
- Psychological Torment Zone: The Wyverns' test
- The Reptilians: Unusually, a beneficient branch.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: One insane character holds strongly to this.
- Sacred Hospitality: The Wyverns welcome Charis.
- Schrödinger's Butterfly: How can you tell whether a meeting is real and not another Wyvern indcuced dream?
- Sole Survivor: Shann, of the Throg attack.
- So Proud of You: Ragnar talking to Garth, trapped in the dream.
- Space Pirates: The Jacks, both in Ordeal and Foray
- Starfish Aliens: The Throgs. No communication is possibly
- The Starscream: Ogan in Foray
- Street Urchin: Shann, thrown out on the street at quite a young age to survive.
- Talking in Your Dreams: The first scout on Warlock reported dreams.
- Teleporters and Transporters: A major Wyvern power
- They Have the Scent: The Throg "hound"
- Thieves' Guild: Ziantha belongs to it
- Time Travel: Mental time travel drives the plot of Foray
- Uplifted Animal: The wolverines are part of a program that produces specially intelligent and trained animals.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Played with for Charis and Ziantha.
- War Refugees: Ziantha's Back Story, though she's too young to remember it.
- Weasel Co-Worker: Garth Thorvald could always sweettalk his way out of trouble, meaning Shann had to put up with his abuse.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Several events in Ordeal
- You Should Have Died Instead: Or rather as well as — and the man saying it was not in his right mind at the time