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David Bischoff (1951–2018)

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Værker af David Bischoff

Grounded (1993) 602 eksemplarer
WarGames (1983) 290 eksemplarer
Hunter's Planet (1994) 269 eksemplarer
Genocide (1994) 199 eksemplarer
Nightworld (1979) 138 eksemplarer
A Personal Demon (1985) 117 eksemplarer
The Destiny Dice (1985) 102 eksemplarer
Ship of Ghosts (2002) 94 eksemplarer
Vampires of Nightworld (1981) 89 eksemplarer
The Infinite Battle (1985) 88 eksemplarer
Dr. Dimension (1993) 88 eksemplarer
Night of the Dragonstar (1985) 87 eksemplarer
Hackers (1995) 84 eksemplarer
Day of the Dragonstar (1960) 84 eksemplarer
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) — Forfatter — 84 eksemplarer
The Ancient (1994) 76 eksemplarer
Tin Woodman (1979) 68 eksemplarer
Wraith Board (1985) 64 eksemplarer
Quoth the Crow (1998) 62 eksemplarer
Star Fall (1980) 62 eksemplarer
Galactic Warriors (1985) 48 eksemplarer
Mandala (1983) 46 eksemplarer
Forbidden World (1978) 45 eksemplarer
Unicorn Gambit (1986) 44 eksemplarer
The Macrocosmic Conflict (1986) 41 eksemplarer
Masters of Spacetime (1994) 40 eksemplarer
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) 37 eksemplarer
Star Spring (1982) 34 eksemplarer
The Seeker (1976) 33 eksemplarer
Dragonstar Destiny (1989) 32 eksemplarer
The Deity-Father (1985) 30 eksemplarer
Aliens Omnibus 02: Female War, Genocide (1996) — Forfatter — 28 eksemplarer
The Blob (1988) 28 eksemplarer
Manhattan Project (1986) 26 eksemplarer
Alien Island (1996) 19 eksemplarer
Mutants Amok (1991) 17 eksemplarer
The Crow: A Murder of Crows (1998) — Forfatter — 17 eksemplarer
Night of the Living Shark! (1991) 15 eksemplarer
Mutant Hell (1991) 14 eksemplarer
Demon Wing (1995) 14 eksemplarer
Crunch Bunch (1961) 11 eksemplarer
Abduction: The Ufo Conspiracy (1990) 11 eksemplarer
Philip K. Dick High (2000) 10 eksemplarer
Rebel Attack (Mutants Amok) (1991) 9 eksemplarer
Holocaust Horror (Mutants Amok) (1991) 9 eksemplarer
Deception: The Ufo Conspiracy (1991) 6 eksemplarer
Revelation: The Ufo Conspiracy (1991) 6 eksemplarer
The H.P. Lovecraft Institute (2002) 6 eksemplarer
Tripping the Dark Fantastic (2000) 5 eksemplarer
Az ufó-összeesküvés (1992) 4 eksemplarer
J.R.R. Tolkien University (2000) 4 eksemplarer
Paranormal Romance (2012) 3 eksemplarer
Christmas Slaughter (1991) 3 eksemplarer
Sea Quest. Koloss aus der Tiefe (1994) 2 eksemplarer
Ce que dit le corbeau (2001) 2 eksemplarer
Joy To The World 2 eksemplarer
Fade 1 eksemplar
Stardate Magazine 9 1 eksemplar
Wargames Jogos de guerra (1983) 1 eksemplar
Seaquest t03 l'ancien (1998) 1 eksemplar
Quest (1977) 1 eksemplar
The Diplomatic Touch (2001) 1 eksemplar
De paarse verschrikking (1989) 1 eksemplar
Saurier gesucht (1993) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995) — Bidragyder — 1,372 eksemplarer
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978) — Bidragyder — 405 eksemplarer
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (2002) — Bidragyder — 247 eksemplarer
If I Were An Evil Overlord (2007) — Bidragyder — 160 eksemplarer
Borderlands 3 (1992) — Bidragyder — 150 eksemplarer
Castle Fantastic (1996) — Bidragyder — 143 eksemplarer
Quest to Riverworld (1993) — Bidragyder — 106 eksemplarer
Villains Victorious (2001) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts (1997) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
A Dangerous Magic (1999) — Bidragyder — 83 eksemplarer
Alien Pets (1998) — Bidragyder — 82 eksemplarer
Perchance to Dream (2000) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
Past Lives, Present Tense (1999) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
Furry Fantastic (2006) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
Warrior Fantastic (2000) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
Civil War Fantastic (2000) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
The Mutant Files (2001) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Apprentice Fantastic (2002) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
First Contact (1997) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Rotten Relations (2004) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
Haunted Holidays (2004) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
All Hell Breaking Loose (2005) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Chrysalis 5 (1979) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Chrysalis 3 (1978) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus Volume One: PREY & HUNTER's PLANET (1995) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver30 eksemplarer
The Magic Toy Box (2006) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
The UFO Files (1998) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Mardi Gras Madness: Tales of Terror and Mayhem in New Orleans (2000) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Transformers: Legends (2004) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Chrysalis 10 (1983) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Dead End: City Limits : An Anthology of Urban Fear (1991) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Swashbuckling Editor Stories (1993) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
The Fifty-Meter Monsters & Other Horrors (1976) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
One Buck Horror: Volume Two (2011) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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Drivel - not up to the standard of the original Bill the Galactic Hero. Worst of the sequels.
pdp | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 15, 2023 |
Not very good overall, I fear. The depiction of autism is dated at best and offensive at worst, and the writing nor plot satisfies. It's interesting to see the Enterprise so hurt it has to dock at a starbase, but literally nothing else about it is particularly believable, and the characters aren't lifelike either. Just not good.
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everystartrek | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jan 7, 2023 |
An original story While reading this book, I was wondering what this has to do with the original graphic novel because it doesn't really relate it that much.
Although the main character is resurrected it doesn't happen until about half way through the book.
William Blessing is one of the main characters he is an expert and obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe the writer and poet from the 18-19th century.
At first I found his character a little boring, but one he was murdered and he was resurrected the plot for this character picked up the pace. Mick Prince and the gothiques are a group of friends who are goths and they get the idea from William's protege to break and loot the Poe collection of first edition signed books in William Blessing's library. Mick Prince is a psychopath and a murderer, he would willingly murder anyone for money or if that particular person was a nuisance with a big mouth for example.
However things don't go according to plan, after William discovered that he was betrayed by his protege Donald Marquette and the direct result of it is that his wife Amy is beaten and raped and William is murdered by Donald and his friends the Marquis and count Mishka.
William is resurrected and allowed by the crow to seek vengeance upon the people that were directly responsible for the rape and beating of his wife and to avenge his own murder.
I liked reading the parts of the book about Edgar Allan Poe and his siblings and parents.
I wasn't aware that he had any siblings because his family isn't mentioned much in books or in any adaptations about him.
If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe then you will love this book, because before the start of every chapter there is a quote from Edgar Allan Poe's poems and short stories.
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EvilCreature | Sep 17, 2022 |
review of
David Bischoff's Nightworld
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - May 8, 2017

This is Bischoff's 1st published novel, he was born in December, 1951, in Washington, D.C., I was born in September, 1953, in nearby Baltimore, this was published in 1979, Bischoff wd've been 27 at the time. So, yeah, I suppose somewhere in the back of my thoughts I tend to appraise this w/ those factoids in mind. I've only previously read his The Crunch Bunch (1985) wch was a Young Adult novel. I liked it but had already forgotten it a mere 8 mnths later. That's to be expected, I read it as 'light reading', the same reason I read this one.

Usually when I choose to read something 'light' it's b/c I've just finished something 'heavy' (in this case Mark Abley's Spoken Here - Travels Among Threatened Languages: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/548094-unfortunately-no-longer-spoken-here?... ) &/or b/c I'm in the midst of reading something 'heavy' (in this case Victor Hugo's Notre Dame back-to-back in the same bk w/ his The History of a Crime) & I 'need' a break. The 'inevitable' problem then ensues that the 'light' reading does provide welcome relief but fares poorly in contrast. Such is the case here w/ Nightworld.

So, yeah, Nightworld is 'light' alright, it has a sufficiently engrossing plot but nothing visionary, it's funny(-ish), the writing style's not about to go-down-in-history but it does its job. In the PROLOGUE the stage is already set:

"The vampire turned in the same direction, for at the base of the mountain lay the Gates.

"They gleamed with silver fire as the vampire approached and slipped its identification card into the appropriate slot. With a sharp-nailed finger, it tapped the combination.

"A voice erupted from the speaker grille . . .

""Guardian Nine Oh Sex Aye Four," it said in an emotionless monotone. "You are expected, Vampire Four Nine Bee Oh Oh. The Master awaits. Follow the red arrows to the elevator. The path has been altered since last you entered. To veer from it is to suffer damnation—"
" - p 2

Here we have the vampire trope updated for the computer era. I've long since tired of traditional monster stories, having read Dracula in 1965 or thereabouts & having gotten bored w/ the tendency of hacks to beat a(n un)dead blood-sucker to death w/ a sharpened stake. Still, Bischoff has a fresh take on things & that helps save this novel: S-O-N! Save-Our-Novel!

This is one of those reviews where I have almost nothing to say about the bk b/c it's plot-centric & I don't want to be a spoiler. The stage gets set further:

""Centuries ago, this world was a colony of an empire in space. For reasons of its own, that Empire designed this world in a style which belonged to a time centuries past on the Homeworld. But then, the Empire suddenly died, or, at any rate, lost contact with this world.

""Styx's technological facilities, which were quite extensive, were regulated by a machine called a Computer, situated somewhere deep below the surface of the planet, For some reason, the Computer malfunctioned, doing strange things to the environment, manufacturing hideous creatures, and recreating terrible mythological conditions modeled on the many legends of Homeworld's myth-rich past."" - p 17

Right, likely story.. That's a good enuf premise for a bk to sprout out of, esp if it pleases Satan: "This was the most important task ever set before the hoofed little fellow, and above all else it wished to do a good job, to please the Master. Pleasing Satan meant long hours immersed in pleasure-center stimulation. Did Bischoff get to immerse himself in "pleasure-center stimulation" after pleasing his publisher? Or did someone like Penelope come along?:

"But those lines of her face seemed designed, rather than a random collection of parental characteristics. They were that perfect—smooth, symmetrical, aesthetic yet specially accentuated into an idealization of facial structure." - p 93

Yeah.. wassup w/ Penelope?! No doubt, yer average reader figures out pretty early what her story is but.. I won't ruin it for you. &, no, she's not "Miss Jones".

"Fierce pride pulsed through the memories. Strong hatred for the Divine throbbed through them. Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven. Better an independent entity in tortuous solitude than a lackey to some other Consciousness." - p 110

It's odd. That's the 2nd time the "Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven" has been quoted in my presence in the last yr. My retort is: Better to not rule or be ruled. I mean: Why wd I want to rule in Heaven or Hell? Or anywhere else? Or serve anywhere either? Neither Masters nor Slaves. N'at. For that matter, better an independent entity in sociable solidarity than a lackey to some other Consciousness.

The story follows a pretty standard line: bucolic-hero-gets-life-disrupted-&-goes-on-hero's-journey-to-come-back-a-better-man. N'at. What the heck, I like this myth. I prefer it to hero-goes-out-meaning-well-& gets-psychologically-&-partially-physically-destroyed. I think of James P. Blaylock's The Elfin Ship & The Disappearing Dwarf &/or Esther Friesner's Majyk By Accident & Majyk by Hook or Crook & Majyk by Design - not that those are 'classic' examples or anything.

"His had been a placid life before, secure, reliable, steady. He knew who he was, who his parents were, who his God was, and how he related to all. He had a solid, tangible place in his world. His world was an important wheel that fit into the machinery of what he knew. Indeed, he was able to look nostalgically at the events of only two weeks ago, before the advent of Turner in his life. The Oliver Dolan who had those experiences seemed tangibly altered from the youth now suffering from insomnia." - p 116

This having been published in 1979, tape was still cutting edge technology. I know that my space ship will have VHS no matter what.

"The captain let that pass. He walked to an instrument panel between a pilot and copilot who were busily supervising orbital insertion, drew a small cassette from the breast pocket of his uniform, and slotted it.

""This little recording was made specifically for you, to be viewed upon near-arrival on Styx," Worthington said, punching 'play', "Check the video."" - p 130

You can tell this spaceship is less technologically advanced than mine wd be b/c they're using mini-dvs, a storage unit w/ a very limited lifespan. That must be why the captain punched the play button instead of more gently pressing it. The thing is that that type of frustration-venting just tends to make matters worse.

The character that saves & disrupts Oliver Dolan's life is Geoffrey Turner:


H. G. Wells, homage has been pd to him in many a story. I wondered whether "Geoffrey Turner" was an in-joke name, such as the name of a Wells character, but I haven't reached any satisfactory conclusion.

""Of course, her activities took decades. Bust she was in no hurry—she was effectively immortal. And when the revolution came, not a shot was fired, not a person killed. There was no coup as such. Over the years and under the careful guiding hand of the computer Victoria, society began to emulate British Victorian society. English became the standard language of the world—British English. The sort we speak now." - p 145

But are the characters speaking "British English"? I actually didn't notice any instances of clear Americanisms OR Britishisms. I didn't notice any colour vs color of theater vs theatre.

Anyway, the hero gets his opportunity for pay-off but doesn't even obtain "orbital insertion". Too bad.

""You're safe," she said. About her torso she wore a skin-tight glossy sheath ornamented with strips of dazzling, winking lights and gemstone clusters. This material rose to a point just below her breasts, which were bare beneath the translucence of a silky top. Her legs were wrapped in the gauzy nothing of a full, sweeping skirt speckled with mirror-beads that shone in the light." - p 193
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