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John DeChancie papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John DeChancie papers
    Date (inclusive): 1977-1999, undated
    Collection Number: MS 355
    Creator: DeChancie, John
    Extent: 3.13 linear feet (8 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The John DeChancie papers is a collection of documents consisting of manuscripts, page proofs, and correspondence relating to the literary works of American comic fantasy and science fiction writer, John DeChancie.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. John DeChancie papers (MS 355). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of John DeChancie, 2011.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, in 2017.
    Processing of the John DeChancie papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Procesing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Biographical Note

    John DeChancie was born on August 3, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DeChancie attended public and private schools, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy. DeChancie worked for a television station as a technician, as well as a freelance cameraman for a motion picture. Later on, he focused on directing and producing educational films, television commercials, and industrial films for about 7-8 years. In 1979, DeChancie began writing fiction. "I Am The Grass" was DeChancie's first fictional story to be sold to a professional magazine. Then in 1983, he sold Starrigger, his first fiction book, to ACE Books who published it in December of the same year. As an author he has published numerous books, including the Skyway series, Castle series, Dr. Dimension series, Castle Falkenstein series, and a number of other books. DeChancie is also involved in writing screenplays and teleplays.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection contains documents from John DeChancie's literary career, inlcuding manuscripts, page proofs, articles, and memorabilia related to many of his works, and correspondence with publishers, science fiction societies, and other authors.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series as follows:
    • Series 1. Manuscripts and related materials, 1977-1999, undated
    • Series 2. Correspondence, 1981-1985

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Fantasy fiction
    Science fiction
    Science fiction -- Authorship

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Page proofs