About Robert Jordan

About Robert Jordan

Born in 1948, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robert Jordan was the pen name or pseudonymn of James Oliver Rigney, Jr.  He lived in a house built in 1797, with his wife Harriet McDougal, a book editor with Tor Books, who was also Jordan's editor.  He was a history buff and described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and also admitted that he was a Freemason. He wrote books in other genres under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

In 2006, Jordan disclosed he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and he died in 2007 unable to complete his bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. His life will be the subject of the feature length documentary The Wit of the Staircase: The Life and Works of Robert Jordan.

Jordan  served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.

After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

He began writing in 1977. As Robert Jordan, he published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Despite his health problems, he continued work on A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm),  sharing all significant plot details with his family so the series could be finished.

See Also

Who Writes Like Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan Book List

On December 7, 2007 Tor Books announced that Brandon Sanderson had been chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series. Jordan's widow chose him after reading his book, Mistborn: The Final Empire.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Robert Jordan', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 May 2010, 17:11 UTC,  [accessed 31 May 2010]

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Robert Jordan Books

Robert Jordan Book List

A list of books written by Robert Jordan.  Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney under which name he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. In addition to the main sequence, Robert Jordan also wrote

A Prequel

New Spring (2004) A novel, an expanded work superseding the earlier novella also called New Spring (1998) published in Tor's Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg; the story is located in the third volume of the paperback edition; the hardcover is one volume

The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time (1997)
A "World" reference book, written in collaboration with Teresa Patterson. Note: This reference book includes "The Strike at Shayol Ghul", a short story published online in 1996 which was republished in print with this book.

The Wheel of Time

The Eye of the World     ( 1990)
The Great Hunt     ( 1990)
The Dragon Reborn     ( 1991)
The Shadow Rising     (1992)
The Fires of Heaven     (1993)
Lord of Chaos     (1994)
A Crown of Swords     (1996)
The Path of Daggers     (1998)
Winter's Heart     (2000)
Crossroads of Twilight     (2003)
Knife of Dreams     (2005)

The Gathering Storm (2009)     coauthored by Sanderson
Towers of Midnight      (26 October 2010)     coauthored by Sanderson
A Memory of Light    (TBD)     coauthored by Sanderson

Jordan published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Due to his illness and death, Jordan did not complete the final installment A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm).  Brandon Sanderson was  chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series by Jordan's widow.

Other work

Fallon Series (under the pseudonym Reagan O'Neal)

* The Fallon Blood (1980)
* The Fallon Pride (1981)
* The Fallon Legacy (1982)

Cheyenne Raiders (under the pseudonym Jackson O'Reilly )

Conan the Barbarian

Jordan was one of several writers who wrote Conan the Barbarian stories.

1. Conan the Invincible (1982)
2. Conan the Defender (1982)
3. Conan the Unconquered (1983)
4. Conan the Triumphant (1983)
5. Conan the Magnificent (1984)
6. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
7. Conan the Victorious (1984)

Note: Some bibliographies also include Conan: King of Thieves; this however, was actually the working title of the second Conan movie, Conan the Destroyer, and hence Jordan's novelization. Jordan had already been hired to do the novelization and Tor had already applied for an ISBN when the title was changed to Conan the Destroyer. Jordan also compiled a Conan Chronology.

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