Farnsworth, Christopher

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(1971-    ) US screenwriter and author who came to wide notice with the President's Vampire sequence beginning with Blood Oath (2010), which features episodes from the life and work of Nathaniel Cade, a Vampire who, on being captured in 1867, is pardoned by President Ulysses S Grant on condition that he swear to use his powers on behalf of American Presidents from that time onward. The first tale deals with his more or less contemporary encounters with Konrad Dippel, a Baron Frankenstein figure implicated in the creation of Frankenstein Monsters inimical to the free world; Konrad may also be more or less immortal. The second and third volumes pit Cade against various Monsters and an immortal serial killer; the series as a whole very energetically explores Horror in SF tropes along the porous line that divides sf from horror. The Eternal World (2015), a singleton, edges into sf proper: 500 years ago, a gang of Spaniards discovers the Fountain of Youth, committing xenocide en passant by eliminating the Native American "Water Clan" which had guarded the secret of Immortality. The victors gradually take on Secret Master status as the centuries pass, until the present time when, as the elixir begins to lose power, they hire a Scientist to create an artificial substitute. A vengeful female survivor of the original massacre appears and the plot thickens along the lines of the adventure thriller. The noirish detective protagonist of the Near Future Killfile John Smith sequence comprising Killfile (2016) and Flashmob (2017) is a Telepath fleeing from an inimical corporation, who must use his feared powers wholly, in order to escape; in the second volume of the sequence, he has become a freelance investigator hired to trace down the operator of a site on the Dark Web called Downvote (see Internet), which targets celebrities for assassination, offering rewards for success. [JC]

Christopher Farnsworth

born Idaho: 1971




The President's Vampire

John Smith

  • Killfile (New York: HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2016) [John Smith: hb/]
  • Flashmob (New York: HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2017) [John Smith: hb/Owen Corrigan]

individual titles

  • The Eternal World (New York: HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2015) [hb/Mumtaz Mustafa]


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