Roberta Ann MacAvoy (born December 13, 1949) is an American SF writer.
Her novels include:
- Tea with the Black Dragon (1983): Martha Macnamara arrives in San Francisco to visit her computer programmer daughter Elizabeth, only to find that Elizabeth has disappeared. She investigates, with the assistance of her new friend Mayland Long, an enigmatic Chinese gentleman who has made his home in the hotel where she's staying. Then Martha disappears too...
- Has a sequel, Twisting the Rope (1986).
- Damiano (1983), Damiano's Lute (1983), and Raphael (1984): A trio of historical fantasies with a Renaissance Italy setting.
- The Book of Kells (1985): A modern artist is mysteriously transported to 10th-century Ireland.
- The Grey Horse (1987): When Henry Raftery, horse-trainer of Connemara, brings home a grey stallion he met wandering the hills, he finds he has let himself in for much that he did not expect.
R. A. MacAvoy's works with their own pages include:
Other works provide examples of:
- Emergent Human: The title character in Raphael.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: The protagonist of The Book of Kells.
- Historical Fantasy: Damiano and its sequels.
- Humanity Ensues: In Raphael, the eponymous angel is forced to live on Earth as a human.
- Our Fairies Are Different: The Grey Horse takes its cue from Irish legends.
- Shout-Out: Anne McCaffrey's house has a cameo appearance in The Book of Kells.
- Translator Microbes: The hero of The Grey Horse can magically understand and speak any language as long as he has his feet on the ground (paved roads and houses with proper floors don't count as on the ground).
- Two-Part Trilogy: The Italian fantasy trilogy is the rarer inverted version, with a two-volume story followed by a one-volume sequel.