Andrew J. Offutt

Andrew Jefferson Offutt (born August 16, 1934 in Kentucky) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He has written as Andrew J. Offutt, A. J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, has his name in all lower-case letters. His son is the author Chris Offutt.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story "And Gone Tomorrow" in If. Despite this early sale, he doesn't consider his professional life to have begun until he sold the story "Blacksword" to Galaxy in 1959. His first novel was Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards in 1970.

Offutt published numerous novels and short stories, including many in the "Thieves World" series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey, which feature his best known character, the thief Hanse, also known as Shadowspawn (and, later, Chance). His "Iron Lords" series likewise was popular. He also wrote two series of books based on characters by Robert E. Howard, one on Howard's best known character, Conan, and one on a lesser known character, Cormac mac Art.

As an editor Offutt produced a series of five anthologies entitled Swords Against Darkness, which included the first professional sale by Charles de Lint.

Offutt also wrote a large number of pornographic works under twelve different pseudonyms, not all of them identified. Those known include John Cleve, J. X. Williams, and Jeff Douglas. His main works in this area are the science fiction "Spaceways" series, of which over half were collaborations, and the historical "Crusader" series.


Thieves' World

  • Shadowspawn (1987)
  • Deathknight (1990)
  • The Shadow of Sorcery (1993)

War of the Gods on Earth

  • The Iron Lords (1979)
  • King Dragon (1980)
  • Shadows Out of Hell (1980)
  • The Lady of the Snowmist (1983)

War of the Wizards


Cormac Mac Art

  • Sword of the Gael (1975)
  • The Undying Wizard (1976)
  • The Sign of the Moonbow (1977)
  • The Mists of Doom (1977)
  • When Death Birds Fly (1980) (with Keith Taylor)
  • The Tower of Death (1982) (with Keith Taylor)

Non-series novels

  • The Galactic Rejects (1967)
  • Evil is Live Spelled Backwards (1970)
  • The Great 24-Hour Thing (1971)
  • My Country, Right or Wrong (1971)
  • The Castle Keeps (1972)
  • Messenger of Zhuvastou (1973)
  • Ardor on Aros (1973)
  • Operation: Super Ms. (1974)
  • The Black Sorcerer of the Black Castle (1974)
  • Genetic Bomb (1975) (with D. Bruce Berry)
  • Chieftain of Andor 1976; aka Clansman of Andor)
  • My Lord Barbarian (1977)
  • Rails Across the Galaxy (1982, magazine publication only) (with Richard Lyon)

Edited works

  • Swords Against Darkness (1977)
  • Swords Against Darkness II (1977)
  • Swords Against Darkness III (1978)
  • Swords Against Darkness IV (1979)
  • Swords Against Darkness V (1979)

Works written under pseudonyms


  • Of Alien Bondage (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • Corundum's Woman (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • Escape from Macho (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • Satana Enslaved (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • Master of Misfit (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • Purrfect Plunder (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • The Manhuntress (1982) (with Geo. W. Proctor as by John Cleve)
  • Under Twin Suns (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • The Quest of Qalara (1982) (as John Cleve)
  • The Yoke of Shen (1983) (with Geo. W. Proctor as by John Cleve)
  • The Iceworld Connection (1983) (with Jack C. Haldeman II and Vol Haldeman as by John Cleve)
  • Star Slaver (1983) (with G. C. Edmondson as by John Cleve)
  • Jonuta Rising! (1983) (with Victor Koman as by John Cleve)
  • Assignment - Hellhole (1983) (with Roland J. Green as by John Cleve)
  • Starship Sapphire (1983) (with Robin Kincaid as by John Cleve)
  • The Planet Murderer (1984) (with Dwight V. Swain as by John Cleve)
  • The Carnadyne Horde (1984) (with Victor Koman as by John Cleve)
  • Race Across the Stars (1984) (with Robin Kincaid as by John Cleve)
  • King of the Slavers (1984) (as John Cleve)


  • The Accursed Tower (as John Cleve)
  • The Passionate Princess (as John Cleve)
  • Julanar The Lioness (as John Cleve)
  • My Lady Queen (as John Cleve)
  • Saladin's Spy (1986) (as John Cleve)

Non-series novels

  • Barbarana (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • Manlib! (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • The Devoured (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • Fruit of the Loins (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • Jodinareh (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • The Juice of Love (1970) (as John Cleve)
  • The Balling Machine (1971) (with D. Bruce Berry as by Jeff Douglas)
  • The Sex Pill (1971) (as J. X. Williams)
  • The Sexorcist (1974; aka Unholy Revelry) (as John Cleve)

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