Odom, Mel

Tagged: Author

(1957-    ) US author of many novels since 1988, many of them being Ties like his contributions to the Mack Bolan thriller series as by Don Pendleton, after that author had franchised himself as a House Name; he has also written several series, usually fantasy, including numerous contributions to the Buffy, the Vampire Slayer universe [associational or fantasy ties and series are for the most part not registered in the Checklist]. He collaborated with Warren G Norwood on the Time Police sequence, beginning with Time Police: Vanished! (1988) (see Time Police); the Omega Blue sequence beginning with Omega Blue (1993) is borderline sf, just at the edge of the Near Future.

As James Axler, Odom contributed to the lengthy Deathlands and Outlanders Military SF sequences [see Checklist below]. The Hellgate: London series opening with Exodus (2007)is based on the Computer Role Playing Game/Videogame Hellgate: London (2007), which like Doom (1993) and Quake (1996) features imaginary Weapons but is essentially horror, with demons (see Gods and Demons). Odom's Left Behind Universe sequence of Military SF tales, beginning with Apocalypse Dawn (2003), has a Tie relationship to the original Left Behind sequence by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins, and gained approval from the core readership of that original series. The Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers is a marginal but sf-ish Shared World enterprise. Several of his singletons are borderline, but utilize Technologies within the world's current grasp.

He should not be confused with the artist Mel Odom. [JC/DRL]

Melville Lewis Odom III

born California: 16 December 1957

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Time Police

Omega Blue

Deathlands

Outlanders

Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers

Left Behind Universe

  • Apocalypse Dawn (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2003) [tie: Left Behind Universe: pb/]
  • Crucible (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2004) [tie: Left Behind Universe: pb/]
  • Apocalypse Burning (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2003) [tie: Left Behind Universe: pb/]
  • Apocalypse Unleashed (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2008) [tie: Left Behind Universe: pb/]

Rogue Angel

  • Destiny (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2006) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]
  • The Spider Stone (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2006) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]
    • Renaissancesfgateway.com (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2008) [omni of the above two plus Solomon's Jar (2006) by Victor Milán: Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Forbidden City (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2007) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]
  • God of Thunder (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2007) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/]
  • Serpent's Kiss (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2008) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Gabriel's Horn (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2008) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Magic Lantern (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2012) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • The Third Caliph (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2013) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Clockwork Doomsday (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2013) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • The Pretender's Gambit (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2014) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]
  • Mystic Warrior (Toronto, Ontario: Gold Eagle Books, 2015) as by Alex Archer [Rogue Angel: pb/Tim Bradstreet]

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