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The Outlander franchise is a series of novels, short fiction, and related works. It is composed of the core Outlander novel series, the Lord John novel series spin-off, adaptations in comics, a theatrical musical, and a television series.

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Created by Diana Gabaldon
Original work Outlander (1991)
Print publications
Book(s) The Outlandish Companion (1999)
Short stories "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" (2010)
Comics The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel (2010)
Films and television
Television series Outlander (2014–)
Soundtrack(s) Outlander: The Musical (2010)
Novellas The Space Between (2012)
Virgins (2013)

The core Outlander series is a sequence of novels and shorter works written by Diana Gabaldon that feature elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.[1] The franchise has expanded to include the 2014 television drama series Outlander on Starz,[2][3] a 2010 graphic novel[4][5][6] and a 2010 musical album called Outlander: The Musical.[7][8][9]

Gabaldon has also spun off recurring secondary character Lord John Grey into the Lord John series, a sequence of novels and shorter works that can be generally categorized as historical mysteries.[10][11]


Written worksEdit

Outlander novel seriesEdit

The Outlander series focuses on 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th-century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.[1]


  1. Outlander (1991) (published in the UK and Australia as Cross Stitch)
  2. Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
  3. Voyager (1993)
  4. Drums of Autumn (1996)
  5. The Fiery Cross (2001)
  6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
  7. An Echo in the Bone (2009)
  8. Written in My Own Heart's Blood (2014)[12]
  9. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (forthcoming)[13]


The Outlander series has been released in unabridged (read by Davina Porter) and abridged audiobooks (read by Geraldine James). Several of the Lord John books have been released in audiobook form, read by Jeff Woodman.

Novellas and short storiesEdit

  • "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" (2010), a short story in the anthology Songs of Love and Death, later collected in A Trail of Fire (2012).[14] It tells the WWII story of Roger MacKenzie's parents Jerry and Dolly, as Jerry discovers for himself the mystery of the standing stones.[15][16][17][18][19]
  • The Space Between (2013), a novella in the anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, later collected in A Trail of Fire (2012).[14] It chronicles a journey undertaken by Joan MacKimmie (Jamie Fraser's step-daughter) and Michael Murray (Jenny Fraser Murray's son).[20]
  • Virgins (2013), a novella in the anthology Dangerous Women,[21][22][23][24] later available as a standalone e-book.[25] Set in 1740 France, it introduces 19-year-old Jamie Fraser as he and his 20-year-old friend Ian Murray become young mercenaries.[21][22][23][24]

Graphic novelEdit

In 2010 Gabaldon adapted the first third of Outlander into a graphic novel, illustrated by Hoang Nguyen.[4][5][6]

Lord John seriesEdit

The Lord John series is a sequence of novels and shorter works that center on Lord John Grey, a recurring secondary character from the Outlander novels. The spin-off series currently consists of five novellas and three novels, which all take place between 1756 and 1761, during the events of Gabaldon's Voyager.[10][11] They can be generally categorized as historical mysteries, and the three novels are shorter and focus on fewer plot threads than the main Outlander books.[11] Several of the Lord John books have been released in audiobook form, read by Jeff Woodman.


  • The Outlandish Companion (1999), a guide to the Outlander series containing synopses, a character guide, and other notes and information; revised and updated as The Outlandish Companion (Volume One) (2015)[26]
  • The Outlandish Companion (Volume Two) (2015)[27][28]


Core characters include:

  • Claire Randall Fraser, the titular Outlander, a 20th century nurse (and later doctor) who travels through time to the 18th century
  • Jamie Fraser, Claire's 18th century husband
  • Frank Randall, Claire's 20th century husband
  • Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, Frank's sadistic 18th century ancestor
  • Lord John Grey, a secondary character in the main series and the focus of the spin-off Lord John series

Television seriesEdit

In June 2013, Starz ordered 16 episodes of a television adaptation, and production began in October 2013 in Scotland.[29] The series premiered in the US on August 9, 2014 with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan starring as Claire and Jamie.[2] It was picked up for a second season on August 15, 2014,[3] and for a third and fourth season on June 1, 2016.[30]

Outlander: The MusicalEdit

In 2010, a 14-song cycle based on Outlander was released under the title Outlander: The Musical.[7] With music by Kevin Walsh and lyrics by Mike Gibb, the project was approved by Gabaldon after Gibb had approached the author in Scotland with the idea to adapt her novel into a stage production.[8] As Gabaldon recalled, "I laughed and said, 'That’s the screwiest idea I’ve heard yet – go ahead.' So they did, and the results were stunning."[8] Though the stage production remains in development,[8] the 14-song cycle is available on CD from and for download on iTunes.[7][31][32]

In 2012, Broadway composer Jill Santoriello began collaborating with Gibb and Walsh on the project, writing the music and cowriting the lyrics with Gibb for a new song called "One More Time."[9][32] The song was recorded with vocals by Rebecca Robbins.[9][32]


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  2. ^ a b Ng, Philiana (May 8, 2014). "Starz's Outlander Gets First Poster, Premiere Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hibberd, James (August 15, 2014). "Outlander renewed for second season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Brienza, Casey (September 21, 2010). "The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel". Publishers Weekly. August 23, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Official site: The Exile (graphic novel)". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "PROGRESS! OUTLANDER:The Musical now on Amazon!". September 26, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Outlander the Musical". October 26, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Stage Tube: First Listen of Jill Santoriello's Outlander Musical". July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Official site: Lord John Grey Series". Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Official site: Chronology of the Outlander Series". Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official site: Written in My Own Heart's Blood". Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Gabaldon, Diana. "Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander series)". Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Official site: A Trail of Fire". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official site: "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"". April 18, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ DeNardo, John (January 14, 2010). "Songs of Love and Death edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". SF Signal. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Johnson, Suzanne (October 27, 2010). "Fiction Affliction: Diagnosing November Releases in Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pocket Releases Songs of Love and Death". November 24, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Not A Blog: Love. Death. Sex. Heartbreak". March 31, 2010. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Official site: The Space Between (Novella)". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Official site: Virgins (Dangerous Women)". December 7, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Dangerous Women Arrives on". July 24, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Fiction Book Review: Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". Publishers Weekly. October 7, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Martin, George R. R. (January 23, 2013). "Not A Blog: A Dangerous Delivery". Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. For those who like to lose themselves in long stories, the Brandon Sanderson story, the Diana Gabaldon story, the Caroline Spector story, and my Princess and Queen are novellas. 
  25. ^ "Virgins: An Outlander Novella". Penguin Books. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Official site: The Outlandish Companion – Volume One". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Official site: The Outlandish Companion – Volume Two". Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  28. ^ "The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two". Goodreads. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 1, 2013). "Outlander Greenlighted To Series By Starz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  30. ^ Prudom, Laura (June 1, 2016). "Outlander Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  31. ^ "OUTLANDER: The Musical is now on iTUNES!". October 15, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  32. ^ a b c "Outlander: The Musical (Official website)". Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

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