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John M. Ford
Ford's works are characterised by an aversion to doing things that have been done before. This attitude is perhaps most notable in his two Star Trek novels, The Final Reflection and How Much for Just the Planet?: The Final Reflection is the story of a small group of Klingons who save the Federation from destruction (the regular heroes of the series are all relegated to cameo appearances), and How Much for Just the Planet? is a musical comedy. (And both novels hint that the Federation is not quite the shining utopia of goodwill and interspecies fellowship depicted in the television series.)
Ford avoids repetition not only of the work of others, but also of his own work: whereas many writers make a name for themselves by developing a known style that repeats in many works, Ford always surprises with his ability to use a variety of styles that best suit the world, characters, and situations he has chosen to write about. In some ways this might have limited his readership, as many people prefer to repeat a known experience when they purchase works by the same author.
- Web of Angels (1980), an early exploration of some topics that would later be described as cyberpunk
- The Princes of the Air (1982), a space opera
- The Dragon Waiting (1983), which won the 1984 World Fantasy Award; an historical fantasy, it combines vampires, the Medicis, and the convoluted English politics surrounding Edward IV and Richard III
- The Final Reflection (1984), a Star Trek tie-in novel
- How Much for Just the Planet? (1987), a Star Trek tie-in novel
- The Scholars of Night (1988), a thriller
- Casting Fortune (collection) (1989), stories set in a shared world
- Growing Up Weightless (1993), a Bildungsroman set on a human-colonized Moon
- The Last Hot Time (2000), urban fantasy set in a magical Chicago
- From the End of the Twentieth Century (collection) (1997)
He has also published a variety of short fiction starting in 1975, from very short stories that are essentially fantastic jokes, to novellas revealing a deep understanding of human frailties and emotions.
In addition to his fiction work, he has written a number of RPG books, including GURPS supplements, Klingon manuals for the Star Trek RPG, and the adventure module The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues for Paranoia.
Under a pseudonym that he has not made public, he has published some children's literature.
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