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Block, Thomas H

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1945-    ) US airline pilot and author who has written at least some of his aviation-based Technothrillers with Nelson DeMille as anonymous contributor, though the collaboration becomes explicit in the revised version of his first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). His tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular interest: the Near-Future Orbit (1982), in which a 3900mph (6275kph) airliner is gimmicked by saboteurs into flying into orbit; and Airship Nine (1984), a full-fledged Post-Holocaust tale, with soldiers in Antarctica fending off Nuclear Winter and preparing to repopulate the planet. [JC]

Thomas Harris Block

born New York: 11 February 1945


  • Mayday (New York: Richard Marek, 1979) [hb/]
    • Mayday (New York: Warner Books, 1998) with Nelson DeMille [rev of the above: pb/]
  • Orbit (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1982) [hb/Alan Hashimoto]
  • Forced Landing (New York: Coward, McCann, 1983) [hb/]
  • Airship Nine (New York: G P Putnam's Sons, 1984) [hb/]
  • Skyfall (New York: Jove, 1987) [pb/]
  • Open Skies (London: New English Library, 1990) [hb/]


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