2 June 1957
Penola, South Australia, Australia
|Died||27 September 2011 (aged 54)|
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
|Pen name||Sara Douglass|
|Notable awards||Aurealis Award|
1996 Enchanter & StarMan
2001 The Wounded Hawk
Sara Warneke (2 June 1957 – 27 September 2011), better known by her pen name Sara Douglass, was an Australian fantasy writer who lived in Hobart, Tasmania. She was a recipient of the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
A great-granddaughter of psychic Robert James Lees, Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a registered nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantasy author in Australia, and later as an international success.
Until the mid-2000s, Douglass hosted a bulletin board on her website, with the aim of encouraging creative thinking and constructive criticism of others' work. She maintained an online blog about the restoration project of her house and garden entitled Notes from Nonsuch in Tasmania.
Douglass mainly focused her efforts on fantasy writings. Her first trilogy, The Axis Trilogy, is set in the fantasy world of Tencendor. Of The Axis Trilogy, Enchanter and StarMan won the 1996 Aurealis Fantasy division award and Battleaxe was nominated for the 1995 award. Douglass's second series, The Wayfarer Redemption, two stand alone novels and her most recent series, Darkglass Mountain also focus on the fantasy world used in The Axis Trilogy. The Wayfarer Redemption also did well in the Aurealis Fantasy division with all three novels reaching the finals for their published years.
In addition to the fantasy novels set in the world of Tencendor and Escator, Douglass wrote two unrelated historical fantasy series, The Crucible trilogy and The Troy Game. Some of these novels also reached the Aurealis Fantasy division finals with The Nameless Day and The Crippled Angel from The Crucible finishing as finalists and The Wounded Hawk winning the award in 2001. Hades' Daughter and Darkwitch Rising from The Troy Game also were finalists in the Fantasy division.
Douglass also wrote a non-fiction book, The Betrayal of Arthur, and several short stories.
Note: In the US, and most European countries, The Axis Trilogy and The Wayfarer Redemption have been combined into one six-book series, Wayfarer Redemption.
The Axis Trilogy
The Wayfarer Redemption
The Troy Game
- The Serpent Bride (2007)
- The Twisted Citadel (2008)
- The Infinity Gate (2010)
Prequels to 'Darkglass Mountain' trilogy
- Beyond the Hanging Wall (1996) - set just prior to the events in the trilogy.
- Threshold (1997) - set approximately 2,000 years before the events in the trilogy.
Note: The Darkglass Mountain series, is a sequel to the Axis Trilogy and the Wayfarer Redemption.
- The Devil's Diadem (2011)
- The Hall of Lost Footsteps (a collection of stories, Ticonderoga Publications, due 2011)
- "Of Fingers and Foreskins" (1996) in Eidolon #21 and The Best of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1996 (ed. Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne)
- "The Evil Within" (1998) in Dreaming Down-Under (ed. Janeen Webb and Jack Dann) and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
- "The Field of Thorns" (2000) in Australian Women's Weekly
- "St Uncumber" (2001) in Australian Women's Weekly
- "The Mistress of Marwood Hagg" (2003) in Gathering the Bones (ed. Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell & Jack Dann)
- "This Way to the Exit" (2008) in Dreaming Again (ed. Jack Dann)
- Images of the Educational Traveller in Early Modern England (E. J. Brill, 1995)
- The Betrayal of Arthur (1998)
Awards and nominations
- Finalist: Battleaxe (1995)
- Won: Enchanter and Starman (1996) tie with Jack Dann's The Memory Cathedral
- Finalist: Sinner (1997)
- Finalist: Pilgrim (1998)
- Finalist: Crusader (1999)
- Finalist: The Nameless Day (2000)
- Won: The Wounded Hawk (2001)
- Finalist: The Crippled Angel (2002)
- Finalist: Hades' Daughter (2002)
- Finalist: Darkwitch Rising (2005)
Australian Shadows Award
- Finalist: "This Way to the Exit" (Dreaming Again, ed. Jack Dann, HarperVoyager 2008)
- "Notes from Nonsuch in Tasmania"
- Australian fantasy writer Sara Douglass dies of ovarian cancer
- Douglass' writings about dying
- Chapman, Jennifer (27 September 2011). "Australian fantasy writer Sara Douglass dies of ovarian cancer". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
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- "2001 Aurealis Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
- "2005 Aurealis Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
- "2008 Australian Shadows Award". Australian Horror Writers Association. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2009.