Milán, Victor

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(1954-    ) US author who has written under his own name and, it is understood, under further names; his acknowledged pseudonyms include Alex Archer, Richard Austin, Robert Baron and S L Hunter; House Names include James Axler. He began publishing sf with "Soldatenmangel" for Dragons of Darkness (anth 1981) edited by Orson Scott Card, and began to publish full-length books in 1984 with some titles in the War of Powers sequence of fantasies with Robert E Vardeman (only titles in collaboration are listed below); in the following year he began the solo Tokugawa sequence comprising The Cybernetic Samurai (1985) and The Cybernetic Shogun (1990), the complicatedly and intriguingly told story of the embodiment and education of an AI given the bodily form of a samurai, and the subsequent warfare, which severely damages the entire world, between its/his two "children". Runespear (1987) with Melinda M Snodgrass is a fantasy set in 1936 in which the Nazi rulers of Germany attempt to gain the eponymous spear and thus become invincible. The Stormrider Post-Holocaust vigilante biker-gang adventure series – opening with Stormrider (1992) as by Robert Baron – looked as though it was preparing for a long run; but was terminated after three volumes. CLD: Collective Landing Detachment (1995) is Military SF, featuring a Dirty Dozen [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] squad sent on a suicide mission to a devastated planet.

Most of Milán's work, however, has been in the world of Ties.As Richard Austin, he was responsible for the Guardians sequence of Post-Holocaust military-sf adventures, beginning with The Guardians (1985) and ending with The Guardians: Death Charge (1991). Subsequent bit-work – including a Star Trek tie, From the Depths (1993), a Wild Cards tie, Turn of the Cards (1993), a Battletech tie, Close Quarters (1994), and a lonely singleton, Red Sands (1992) – did not demonstrate any dauntingly explorative tendency. He made several contributions to the Outlanders sequence: for details see James Axler, the House Name used for all titles. A later series to which he contributed, the Rogue Angel Shared World sequence, his titles beginning with Solomon's Jar (2006) as by Alex Archer and ending with Paradox (2009) as by Alex Archer, is conspiracy fantasy set in the present day. [JC]

see also: Cybernetics; Libertarian SF.

Victor Woodward Milán

born Tulsa, Oklahoma: 1954

died

works

series

War of the Powers

For full list of titles, including his solo titles, see Robert E Vardeman.

Tokugawa

Guardians

Steele

  • Fugitive Steele (New York: Berkley Books, 1991) as by S L Hunter [pb/]
  • Molten Steele (New York: Berkley Books, 1991) as by S L Hunter [pb/]

Stormrider

  • Stormrider (New York: Jove Books, 1992) as by Robert Baron [Stormrider: pb/]
  • River of Fire (New York: Jove Books, 1993) as by Robert Baron [Stormrider: pb/]
  • Lord of the Plains (New York: Jove Books, 1993) as by Robert Baron [Stormrider: pb/]

Star Trek

BattleTech

Outlanders (only titles by Milan are here listed)

Deathlands

Rogue Angel

  • Solomon's Jar (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2006) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Chad Michael Ward]
  • The Chosen (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2007) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Chad Michael Ward]
  • The Lost Scrolls (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2007) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Chad Michael Ward]
  • Secret of the Slaves (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2007) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]
  • Provenance (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2008) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • The Golden Elephant (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2008) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Seeker's Curse (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2009) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Paradox (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2009) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Tribal Ways (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2009) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]

Dinosaur

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