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John M. Ford (1957–2006)

Autor(a) de The Dragon Waiting

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About the Author

John M. Ford is the author of eight novels and dozens of short stories. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Ford wrote Voyage to Adventure under the pseudonym Michael J. Dodge

Image credit: John M. Ford, 2003. Photo by David Dyer-Bennet / Wikimedia Commons.


Obras de John M. Ford

The Dragon Waiting (1983) 1,048 cópias, 28 resenhas
How Much for Just the Planet? (1987) 1,016 cópias, 16 resenhas
The Final Reflection (1984) 877 cópias, 11 resenhas
Growing Up Weightless (1993) 362 cópias, 9 resenhas
The Last Hot Time (2001) 328 cópias, 14 resenhas
The Scholars of Night (1988) 198 cópias, 8 resenhas
Web of Angels (1980) 197 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Princes of the Air (1982) 185 cópias, 2 resenhas
Casting Fortune (1989) 170 cópias, 3 resenhas
Aspects (2022) 149 cópias, 3 resenhas
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories (2004) 122 cópias, 1 resenha
Fugue State/The Death of Doctor Island (1990) — Autor — 63 cópias
The Hand of Kahless (2004) 42 cópias, 2 resenhas
Hers to Decieve (1964) 12 cópias
The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues Remastered (2018) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Botschaft für Raumschiff Enterprise (1996) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
In the Days of the Comet [short story] (2000) 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Czekanie na smoka (2022) 4 cópias
Fugue State 3 cópias
Mandalay 3 cópias
Intersections 3 cópias
Chain Home Low 2 cópias
Grim's Fairy Cabaret Live 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Driving North 1 exemplar(es)
Boundary Echoes 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Contribuinte — 2,057 cópias, 21 resenhas
Sethra Lavode (2004) — Posfácio, algumas edições908 cópias, 7 resenhas
True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (2001) — Contribuinte — 560 cópias, 9 resenhas
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contribuinte — 396 cópias, 5 resenhas
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Contribuinte — 349 cópias, 5 resenhas
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contribuinte — 332 cópias, 2 resenhas
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contribuinte — 284 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Players of Luck (1986) — Contribuinte — 227 cópias, 1 resenha
Dragons of Light (1980) — Contribuinte — 226 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Second Annual Collection (1987) — Contribuinte — 200 cópias, 1 resenha
Wizard's Row (1987) — Contribuinte — 199 cópias, 1 resenha
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contribuinte — 187 cópias
Tales from the Spaceport Bar (1987) — Contribuinte — 179 cópias, 2 resenhas
Festival Week (1990) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (1989) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
Spells of Binding (1988) — Contribuinte — 147 cópias, 1 resenha
Starlight 1 (1996) — Contribuinte — 132 cópias, 2 resenhas
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias, 5 resenhas
Silver Scream (1969) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias, 2 resenhas
Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces (1993) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
Invitation to Camelot (1988) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias, 2 resenhas
Christmas Stars (1992) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias, 2 resenhas
Nebula Awards 25 (1991) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias, 3 resenhas
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
The Architecture of Fear (1987) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
The Fourth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Ripper (1988) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Marvels of Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (2005) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Under the Wheel (1987) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Paranoia Flashbacks (Paranoia Xp) (2005) — Autor — 24 cópias, 1 resenha
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Temporary Walls (1993) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias, 1 resenha
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (1981) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Flashbacks Redux (2011) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 25, No. 12 [December 2001] (2001) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Boskone 34 Program Book — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Ford, John Milo
Outros nomes
Dodge, Michael J.
Dennison, Milo
Ford, John M. "Mike"
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Local de falecimento
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Locais de residência
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Whiting, Indiana, USA
New York, New York, USA
Indiana University, Bloomington
science fiction writer
game designer
Matthesen, Elise (partner)
Aviso de desambiguação
Ford wrote Voyage to Adventure under the pseudonym Michael J. Dodge




The concept is intriguing: to follow the lives of three fictional people caught up in important historical situations, culminating in the death of Richard III and the ascent of "Henry Tydder" to the throne of England (see note below).

The geographical scope ranges from Wales not long after the end of the reign of Owain Glyn Dŵr (Owen Glendower, d. 1415) to the last days of Byzantium in 1453; and from Renaissance Milan (Sforza and Medici families), to England during The War of the Roses.

Yes, it's a fantasy, with vampires, wizards and magic, but also real-life physicians, courtiers, kings, and soldiers, all of whom are convincingly portrayed as main characters as well as the "extras".

The individual stories were interesting, and the threads that were pulled together to weave the fate of Britain were intricate and sometimes elusive, but the author maintained a good sense of drama and believable detail.

Nonetheless, the conclusion was ultimately unsatisfying to me because the characters who were most invested in the fate of Wales had a trajectory from the beginning that was not compatible with its final, historical, end-point in the book.

*Henry Tydder is a kind of mangled version of the name of the victor of the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 who became Henry VII.
The English is Henry Tudor; the Welsh, Harri Tudur.

PG-13: some mild sexual innuendo and situations; violence, although not too graphic.
… (mais)
librisissimo | outras 27 resenhas | Feb 17, 2024 |
Wow. This is one of the most intricate, complex, multilayered, meticulously researched alternative history/fantasy books I've ever read. (If not THE most?)
- It helps if you know your English history, your Shakespeare, something about early Renaissance and Florence, something about ancient Rome and Byzantium :)))) It heightens your enjoyment of the book, as you go through the literary/historical allusions and Easter eggs scattered throughout.
- It was interesting to see John M. Ford imagine a world without Christianity as one of the dominant religions - a world which is more humanistic, more advanced, and is a (somewhat) better place for women than 15th century Europe of "our" world.
- Nothing is spelled out and the plot unfolds slowly. As a reader, you need to PAY ATTENTION and fill in the blanks.
- The magic system is very dark. I don't think I've ever seen its like in any other fantasy book.
- The characters are wonderfully - and subtly - drawn. (I loved Cynthia!)
- This is a book you need to re-read and see what you had missed last time.
- Like many others, I highly recommend Draco Concordans as a reading companion. It is geeky and wonderful, and it's interesting to see what you have missed in chapter x.
… (mais)
1 vote
Alexandra_book_life | outras 27 resenhas | Dec 15, 2023 |
I don’t normally write reviews, but after some of the reviews I read here I was compelled to add my voice. This is two books, The Final Reflection and The Hand of Kahless. I was taken aback by this being two books being included under one title, I am not sure why the publisher made that choice, these two stories are only linked by their focus on the Klingons and the writer John M. Ford.
When reading The Final Reflection one has to remember this was written in 1984, the same year the movie The Search for Spock was released. Much of the backstory of the Klingon culture was still “An Undiscovered Country”. And you just have to view that story as a portrayal of the Klingon culture from a different creative viewpoint. Taken in that context this is actually one of the better Star Trek books I’ve read. You just have to get around these aren’t the Klingons we get to know in The Next Generation. There are some brilliant ideas in this portrayal of a warrior race, and some do make an appearance in later stories of Klingons, but not many. But the story is interesting and in the same spirit of most Star Trek stories.
The second book in this saga is the namesake of this review. This also was a good story, written in 2004 and set in the TNG timeline. These are the Klingons we know from the later series and movies. The author did a good job of staying true to the feel of the later television series. I enjoyed this story as well, I could clearly picture Picard and Worf and others speaking these words, and the plot was logical within the setting.
I can recommend both these stories, even though they’re different stories written at different times of both the author and the stories themselves.
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SouthernComfort | 1 outra resenha | Jul 28, 2023 |
A teen living on the Moon plays role-playing games with his friends, feels mildly resentful toward his father, and goes interrailing.

This is a cult sci-fi classic, and after reading it, I don't...entirely understand the hype. I think the subtlety of the plot is the thing that appeals to its die-hard fans, and I'll concede that I probably missed some of the clues that illuminate the water-sacrifice dilemma that consumes the adult characters in the background. There's rel="nofollow" target="_top">another review on Goodreads that praises the book as an example of "anthropology of the future," which strikes me as a good descriptor: Growing Up Weightless is absolutely low-stakes slice-of-life sci-fi.

But it left me cold.… (mais)
proustbot | outras 8 resenhas | Jun 19, 2023 |



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