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Pseudonym of the American fantasy novelist James Oliver Rigney, Jr. Robert Jordan is the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. who also writes under the names Reagan O'Neal, Jackson O'Reilly and Chang Lung. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1948. After dropping out of Clemson University after one year, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1968-70), earning 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 his discharge, he entered the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, where he received a B.S. in physics in 1974. After graduation he went to work for the U. S. Navy as a nuclear engineer, but a fall from a sub at the Charleston Naval Shipyard left him hospitalized for a month. It was during his hospitalized that he thought he could probably write as well as the authors he had been reading and began writing in 1977. Jordan's first novel, The Fallon Blood (1980), was a historical novel written under the pseudonym Reagan O'Neal. This was followed in 1982 by a western, Cheyenne Raiders, written as Jackson O'Reilly. He got his start in the fantasy genre in 1982 by extending the popular Conan the Barbarian series with his first book as Robert Jordan, Conan the Invincible, which was followed by five more original Conan novels as well as the novelization of the second Conan movie. Jordan introduced an epic fantasy series of novels set in a world of his own creation in 1990 with The Eye of the World, the first of twelve novels in the immensely popular The Wheel of Time series. An illustrated accessory work, The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, co-written with Teresa Patterson, appeared in 1998. He also wrote a prequel set in the same world, New Spring: The Novel in 2004. Under the pen name Reagan O'Neal, Jordan authored two other novels in his Fallon series. As Chang Lung, he has contributed to various periodicals including the Library Journal. In March of 2006, Jordan announced that he has been diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, for which his median life expectancy is four years. He intends to beat the statistics.

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