(1949- ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Rocket Roll" for Unearth in Spring 1978. He is almost exclusively associated with fantasy, both original titles (chiefly Humour) and a range of very competent Ties [for fuller entry see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; he has also written fantasy as by Peter Garrison. He is of greatest sf interest for his two Back to the Future film series ties, Back to the Future: Part II (1989) and Back to the Future: Part III (1990), which capture some of the almost poignant exuberance of the original films. Further ties include two Batman Films novelizations.
The spoofish Cineverse Cycle trilogy opening with Slaves of the Volcano God (1989) comprises romping adventures in an Alternate World, the Cineverse, where – in a manner distantly reminiscent of Elmer Rice's A Voyage to Purilia (1930) – reality is shaped by the multi-genred Clichés of Hollywood B-movie Cinema. [JC/DRL]
Craig Shaw Gardner
born Rochester, New York: 2 July 1949
works (highly selected)
Back to the Future
Battlestar Galactica Universe