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Dinotopia is a fictitious utopian place created from the imagination of author and illustrator James Gurney. Upon the hidden island of Dinotopia humans and dinosaurs live and work together in harmony save for the few predators that roam the land. It is a place of beauty and wonder lost to the rest of the world.
Dinotopia began as an illustrated children's book called Dinotopia: A land apart from Time. It was a huge success which led James Gurney to write and illustrate two more books called Dinotopia: The World Beneath and Dinotopia: First Flight. A children's flip-up version of Dinotopia was also issued.
From 1995 James Gurney worked with a number of other authors on a series of short novels for children using the Dinotopia characters and themes, published by Random House:
- Windchaser by Scott Ciencin
- River Quest by John Vornholt
- Hatchling by Midori Snyder
- 'Lost City by Scott Ciencin
- Sabertooth Mountain by John Vornholt
- Thunder Falls by Scott Ciencin
- Firestorm by Gene De Weese
- The Maze by Peter David
- The Rescue Party by Mark A. Garland
- Skydance by Scott Ciencin
- 'Chomper by Don Glut
- Return to Lost City by Scott Ciencin
- Survive! by Brad Strickland
- The Explorers by Scott Ciencin
- Dolphin Watch by John Vornholt
- Oasis by Cathy Hapka
Two full-length adult fanstasy novels were also issued with Gurney's authority, written by Alan Dean Foster: Dinotopia Lost (1996) and Hand of Dinotopia (1999).
A TV miniseries produced by Hallmark Entertainment was also based on James Gurney's work.
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