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John M. Ford (1957–2006)

Forfatter af The Dragon Waiting

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

Omfatter også følgende navne: John M. Ford, John M. Ford, Michael J. Dodge, John M. *Author SIGNED!* Ford

Omfatter også: John Ford (3)

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.

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Værker af John M. Ford

The Dragon Waiting (1983) 1,035 eksemplarer
How Much for Just the Planet? (1987) 1,002 eksemplarer
The Final Reflection (1984) 858 eksemplarer
Growing Up Weightless (1993) 356 eksemplarer
The Last Hot Time (2001) 325 eksemplarer
The Scholars of Night (1988) 192 eksemplarer
Web of Angels (1980) 187 eksemplarer
The Princes of the Air (1982) 181 eksemplarer
Casting Fortune (1989) 169 eksemplarer
Aspects (2022) 142 eksemplarer
GURPS Time Travel: Adventures Across Time and Dimension (1991) — Forfatter — 135 eksemplarer
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories (2004) 122 eksemplarer
Star Trek: Voyage to Adventure (1962) 75 eksemplarer
GURPS Traveller - Starports: Gateways to Adventure (2000) — Forfatter — 62 eksemplarer
Fugue State/The Death of Doctor Island (1990) — Forfatter — 62 eksemplarer
The Hand of Kahless (2004) 42 eksemplarer
The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues Remastered (2018) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Hers to Decieve (1964) 11 eksemplarer
Botschaft für Raumschiff Enterprise (1996) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Timesteps: a selection of poems (1993) 10 eksemplarer
Czekanie na smoka (2022) 4 eksemplarer
Flashbacks Redux (2011) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Erase/record/play 4 eksemplarer
Chromatic Aberration 4 eksemplarer
Mandalay 3 eksemplarer
The Persecutor's Tale 3 eksemplarer
Intersections 3 eksemplarer
Fugue State 3 eksemplarer
Green Is The Color 3 eksemplarer
Chain Home Low 2 eksemplarer
As Above, So Below 2 eksemplarer
Driving North 1 eksemplar
Boundary Echoes 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Bidragyder — 2,036 eksemplarer
Sethra Lavode (2004) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver898 eksemplarer
True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (2001) — Bidragyder — 556 eksemplarer
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Bidragyder — 392 eksemplarer
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Bidragyder — 347 eksemplarer
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Bidragyder — 328 eksemplarer
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Bidragyder — 277 eksemplarer
Dragons of Light (1980) — Bidragyder — 223 eksemplarer
The Players of Luck (1986) — Bidragyder — 223 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Second Annual Collection (1987) — Bidragyder — 198 eksemplarer
Wizard's Row (1987) — Bidragyder — 196 eksemplarer
Strange Dreams (1993) — Bidragyder — 186 eksemplarer
Tales from the Spaceport Bar (1987) — Bidragyder — 176 eksemplarer
Festival Week (1990) — Bidragyder — 153 eksemplarer
Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (1989) — Bidragyder — 146 eksemplarer
Spells of Binding (1988) — Bidragyder — 145 eksemplarer
Starlight 1 (1996) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer
Futures from Nature (2007) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
Silver Scream (1969) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces (1986) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
Christmas Stars (1992) — Bidragyder — 96 eksemplarer
Invitation to Camelot (1988) — Bidragyder — 96 eksemplarer
Nebula Awards 25 (1991) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
The Architecture of Fear (1987) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
The Fourth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
Ripper (1988) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (2005) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov's Marvels of Science Fiction (1979) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Under the Wheel (1987) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (1980) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Temporary Walls (1993) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (1981) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 25, No. 12 [December 2001] (2001) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Boskone 34 Program Book — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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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.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/welsh-history-month-harri-tudu.....

PG-13: some mild sexual innuendo and situations; violence, although not too graphic.
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librisissimo | 28 andre anmeldelser | 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.
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Alexandra_book_life | 28 andre anmeldelser | 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 anden anmeldelse | 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.… (mere)
 
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proustbot | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jun 19, 2023 |

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