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Both books came out in the last 10-15 years or so (late 90's early 2000's) and both were written by the same female author (this is why I've listed both here under a single question).

The first book (told in first person) is about Gilgamesh (the name Gilgamesh is not in the book title) and he tells his story from when he was a child far in the past and continues to the present day and then into the far future when the earth has been swallowed by the sun and he is just a disembodied mind.

The second is about Lilith (name Lilith is again not in the book title) and on this one I'm much more vague on the overall story, sorry. I believe that this one is also told in the first person.

From what I remember, the books aren't connected as part of a series, they are both single self contained novels.

I got both books from the library (I read the Gilgamesh one first and liked it, so I looked for more by that author and found the Lilith one) in the past 10 years and neither book was very old when I got them. A search online just gets me books with Gilgamesh and Lilith in the titles.

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    Brenda W. Clough's "How Like a God" almost sorta kinda fits, but I don't think she ever published anything regarding Lilith. I doubt it's anything by her. – Joe L. Sep 16 '14 at 12:39
  • This is a hard one to research. With a gazillion references to Gilgamesh and "Gilgamesh in science fiction", the signal-to-noise ration is terrible. – Joe L. Sep 16 '14 at 12:50
  • Yeah ive been looking for these two books for years now, library no longer has them and they couldnt find em when I asked for help to find em. And your right about the signal-to-noise, its the reason ive finally started asking on forums like this, ive also asked the same question on other sites. Its not Brenda Clough, thanks for that though. – Dai Sep 16 '14 at 23:01
  • This is a long shot so I'm not putting it as an answer, but Brenna Yovanoff wrote a book this century called The Space Between which features Lilith as a major player (she's the protagonist's mother). Could it be that? brennayovanoff.com/the-space-between – moopet Sep 17 '14 at 12:15
  • Its not Brenna Yovanoff, sorry, thanks for the attempt though – Dai Sep 18 '14 at 18:51
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This answer only fits some parts of your question, but Janet Morris had a multi-author series involving a bunch of heroes, including Gilgamesh. The series was called Heroes in Hell. It included the Hugo Award winning story Gilgamesh in the Outback by Robert Silverberg.

So..female author, about Gilgamesh, came out in 1986. I can't confirm that Lilith is in there though. Also, you said non-series, which does not fit my answer.

  • its not the Silverberg story, thanks, il keep searching – Dai Jun 16 '15 at 23:52
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Well Organic Marble has guided in the right track. The answer is Janet Morris's (writer and or editor) books.

Janet Morris' s Heroes In Hell project is a shared world premise of all mythical heroes and heroines. Gilgamesh is one of the many important characters in it. So is Lilith.

Gilgamesh stars in - "Rebels in Hell" anthology. As showcased by Organic Marble, Gilgamesh in the Outback by Robert Silverberg. Reference link of wiki for your reference.

Lilith stars in - "Poets in Hell" anthology. When You Gaze Into an Abyss by Matthew Kirshenblatt. You can refer to the authors page here.

So in reality it is a multi author project headed by Janet Morris, who in fact is the editor. So the books have her name as titled "Created By". All the books are self contained, separate novels and anthologies, just sharing the same universe.

The cover of the book Poets in Hell is given below -- enter image description here

  • no its not this, thanks though. They are definitely 2 seperate novels – Dai Jun 16 '15 at 23:50
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Not sure about Gilgamesh, but the English author Tanith Lee certainly wrote a book called "Lilith"

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    Can you provide some type of reference to support your statement ? – Stan May 15 '15 at 11:23
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    Its not Tanith Lee, thanks for the attempt though – Dai Jun 10 '15 at 0:51

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