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Geary Gravel (rhymes with "navel"[2]) is an American Phillip K. Dick award-nominated science-fiction and fantasy author and professional sign language interpreter.[3] He lives in western Massachusetts and has written eleven books. He is the author of the first two novels set within the Might and Magic universe - Might and Magic: The Dreamwright and Might and Magic: The Shadowsmith.[4]

Around 1995, Gravel was approached by a packager from Bill Fawcett and Associates, affiliated with New World Computing and Del Rey Books, who ordered three novels based around the Might and Magic setting, which would serve as background lore to Might and Magic VI.[5][6] Although Gravel completed two of the novels and had begun work on the concluding third story - Might and Magic: The Worldcrafter - New World Computing elected to abandon this plan, instead developing their storyline around the world of Enroth (introduced in the Heroes of Might and Magic series).[5]

After the packager decided against a third M&M novel, Gravel was asked to write a third fantasy novel unrelated to M&M set in a new universe, but he declined and was released from the contract.[5] References to the novels in the series re-emerged in Heroes of Might and Magic IV, which included territories named The Wheel and Aldamar.[7] Additionally, Pomponderant - one of his original characters - makes a cameo appearance in Might and Magic: Swords of Xeen, and several elements of his storylines were included in the Heroes V mod Legends of the Ancients. Gravel's Might and Magic novels also contain a cameo in which Hitch, while looking at other worlds, glimpses at beings hinted to be several characters from his War of the Fading Worlds series, though this is not intended to imply they are in the same universe. Another scene hints at beings from his Autumnworld Mosaic series.[8]

Aside from his Might and Magic and War of the Fading Worlds series, Gravel created The Autumnworld Mosaic series in 1984, which earned him a nomination for the Philip K. Dick Award,[3] and is currently comprised of The Alchemists and The Pathfinders.[4] Might and Magic: The Shadowsmith remains his most recent work.[4]

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  • All three of Gravel's original series notably remain unfinished, each of them closing with only two books published. Two novels - World of the Night Wind and The Warlord of Kansas - were apparently anticipated to continue his War of the Fading Worlds series, but have not been published to date.[9][10] It has, however, been expressed that he continues to write with further novels projected in the future, including The Changelings, an eventual continuation to his Autumnworld series.[4]

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