• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor


Introduction to Common Sense

In 2004, Diana wrote an introduction to the Bantam Classic printing of COMMON SENSE by Thomas Paine. At left are bookseller links to use if you would like to order a copy. Note that other versions of COMMON SENSE by other publishers will not contain Diana’s introduction. Description of COMMON SENSE In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces spoke to the hearts and minds of those fighting for freedom. He was later outlawed in Britain, jailed in France, and finally labeled an atheist upon his return to America. “No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple unassuming language.”–Thomas Jefferson

Introduction to Ivanhoe

In 2001, Diana wrote an introduction for Modern Library’s paperback edition of the classic IVANHOE, by Sir Walter Scott. At left are links to buying this edition from multiple booksellers. Note that the Poisoned Pen bookstore offers autographed and personalized versions signed by Diana as an option. Be sure to specify that you want an autographed copy, and any personalization (such as “To Sue”) in the comments box when you check out on the Poisoned Pen’s site. The Modern Library edition of IVANHOE is the only one with Diana’s introduction included. Other publishers’ versions may have introductions written by others. Description of IVANHOE From the Poisoned Pen’s web page: Hailed by Victor Hugo as ‘the real epic of our age,’ Ivanhoe was an immensely popular bestseller when first published in 1819. The book inspired literary imitations as well as paintings, dramatizations, and even operas. In the twelfth century, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe returns home to England from the Third Crusade to claim his inheritance and the love of the lady […]