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Attanasio, A. A. (A. A. Attanasio)

Alfred Angelo Attanasio, the authorial chameleon. In the literary zoo that is speculative fiction, Attanasio is the platypus—an enigmatic creature crossing genre boundaries as if they were mere suggestions. Just when the audience thinks they've pegged him, Attanasio slips out of their grasp like a literary Houdini, leaving behind a sense of wonder tinged with confusion.

Let's begin with the Radix Tetrad—a four-book series that can only be described as a smorgasbord of ideas, cooked in a vat of cosmic philosophy. "Radix," the Nebula-nominated darling of the series, offers readers a narrative dish infused with concepts as far-reaching as DNA mutation and ancient prophecies. Then come its siblings—"In Other Worlds," "Arc of the Dream," and "The Last Legends of Earth"—each more perplexing and evocative than the last. Let's just say if SFcrowsnest were to host a dinner party for narrative complexity, the Radix Tetrad would be seated at the head table.

Not content with just speculative fiction, Attanasio swings into historical fiction like Tarzan on a vine. His "Wyvern," set in the golden age of piracy, could make even the most stoic history teacher giddy. Then there's "Kingdom of the Grail," which treads into the minefield of Arthurian legend and comes out unscathed.

Speaking of Arthur, Attanasio must have been struck by Excalibur's mystical allure because he penned a whole Arthurian series. Forget damsels and knights; in these tales, expect celestial dragons and existential debates that would make Merlin question his wisdom.

But why stop at Arthurian myths? Attanasio dabbles in the paranormal romance of "The Moon's Wife," journeys into crime drama with "Silent," and explores Wiccan adventures in "Killing with the Edge of the Moon." His literary gallivanting doesn't even spare the Young Adult domain, with entries like "The Conjure Book" and "Brave Tails."

And did we mention his nom de plume, Adam Lee, under which he wrote the Dominions of Irth series? It's almost as if Attanasio treats genres like tapas—sampling each before moving to the next, yet mastering all.

One might wonder if Attanasio uses a multidimensional typewriter that shifts genres with every keystroke. But as the readers of SFcrowsnest are well aware, sometimes the oddest combinations create the most intriguing stories. If the landscape of speculative fiction is a vast sea, then Alfred Angelo Attanasio is its explorer, navigating waters both charted and unknown, leaving behind an archipelago of diverse works for readers to discover. And oh, what a fascinating journey it is to island-hop through his literary world. You can search the Nest for articles on Attanasio, A. A. (A. A. Attanasio) over at