Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Gabaldon, Diana

Working name of US writer Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins (1952-    ), whose Outlander series – Outland (1991; vt Cross Stitch 1991 UK), Dragonfly in Amber (1992) and Voyager (1994), with further vols projected – is an extended Timeslip romance carrying a nurse from the end of World War II back to 1743, where she becomes involved with Jamie Fraser, a man who profoundly reminds her of her husband and who is involved with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the doomed Jacobite Rebellion. In the second volume the nurse returns to Jamie, who dies – she thinks – at the Battle of Culloden (1746). In the third volume, though, he turns out to have survived, but now both are 20 years older (she is a widow with Jamie's child); once this is sorted out between them the sequence shifts rousingly to the Caribbean. [JC]

Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.