Robert Jordan is the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (born October 17, 1948), under which he is best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also writes under the name Reagan O'Neal.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina and holds an undergraduate degree in physics from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He is a history buff and served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army.
Jordan is one of several writers who has written pastiches of the original Conan the Barbarian stories.
1. Conan the Defender (1982) 2. Conan the Invincible (1982) 3. Conan the Triumphant (1983) 4. Conan the Unconquered (1983) 5. Conan the Destroyer (1984) 6. Conan the Magnificent (1984) 7. Conan the Victorious (1984) 8. Conan: King of Thieves (1984)
Although some bibliographies list it, Conan: King of Thieves does not exist. It was the original title of the second Conan movie. Robert Jordan had already been hired to do the novelization and Tor had already applied for an ISBN when the title was changed to Conan the Destroyer.