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Banks, Michael A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" in Asimov's for March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel as such was The Odysseus Solution (1986) with Dean R Lambe, an adventure tale in which humans fight successfully Alien overlords. He remains best known perhaps for his "collaborations" with the late Mack Reynolds, in which he edited, or worked up, material by Reynolds into Joe Mauser: Mercenary from Tomorrow (1986) and Sweet Dreams, Sweet Princes (1986). Other activities included the associate editorship of New Destinies (see Destinies) in 1986-1987. Much of his nonfiction deals with material of interest to sf writers and readers. [JC/LGS]

Alan Gould

born Princeton, Indiana: 21 March 1951




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