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Gary Jennings (September 20, 1928February 13, 1999) was an Americanmarker author who wrote children's and adult novels. In 1980, after the successful novel Aztec, he specialized in writing adult historical fiction novels.


Born September 20, 1928 in Buena Vista, Virginiamarker, to Glen Edward and Vaughnye May Jennings, Gary Jennings attended little formal school after graduating from Eastside High Schoolmarker (of Lean on Me fame) in Paterson, New Jerseymarker, and was mostly self-educated thereafter.

His novels were known for their historical detail and occasionally graphic content. Jennings' novels are well-researched: he lived for 12 years in Mexicomarker to research the Aztec novels, traveled the Balkans while researchingRaptor, and joined nine circus troupes during the writing of Spangle. He also produced a number of novels for younger readers, such as A Rope in the Jungle and a history of the occult Black Magic, White Magic.

Gary Jennings died in February 1999 in Pompton Lakes, New Jerseymarker, aged 70, from heart failure.


Aztec series

Three further books in the series (Aztec Blood, 2002; Aztec Rage, 2006; Aztec Fire, 2008) were written by Robert Gleason, Jennings' former editor, and Junius Podrug, working from notes left by Jennings.


  • The Journeyer (1984) : An account of the travels of Marco Polo to the Far East.
  • Spangle (1987) : A chronicle of the lives of circus entertainers. Also released in paperback as a trilogy including "The Road Show", "The Center Ring" and "The Grand Promenade".
  • Raptor (1992) : Thorn, a hermaphrodite, and his/her adventures in a post-Roman world.
  • The Lively Lives of Crispin Mobey (by 'Gabriel Quyth') (1988) : "A novel of the hilarious chronicle of the exploits of an all-too-zealous missionary." Mostly assembled from a series of short stories published under Jennings's real name in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1972-1979.
  • Sow the Seeds of Hemp (1976) : about a fire-breathing preacher in Mississippi
  • The Terrible Teague Bunch (1975) : about a gang of Texas outlaws at the tail end of the Old West

For Young Adults

  • March of the Gods (1976)
  • March of the Heroes: The folk hero through the ages (1975)
  • March of the Robots: From The Manikins Of Antiquity To The Space Robots Of Tomorrow (1962)
  • March of the Demons (1977)
  • The Rope in the Jungle (a novel) (1976)
  • The Teenager's Realistic Guide to Astrology (1971)
  • The Shrinking Outdoors (1972)
  • Black Magic, White Magic (1975)
  • The Killer Storms: Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tornadoes (1974)
  • Parades!: Celebrations and circuses on the march (1966)
  • The Movie Book (1963)

For Preschool Readers

  • The Earth Book (1975)

For Adults

  • The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains (1973)
  • Personalities of Language (1965)
  • World of Words: The personalities of language (1967)


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