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Cole, Allan

Entry updated 10 July 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1943-2019) US Television scriptwriter – with more than 100 credits to his name – journalist and author; his sf screenwriting includes three episodes of the series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), two of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981) and six of Defenders of the Earth (1986-1991).

His sf sequence featuring Sten, a rebel who becomes a military hero in the defence of a Galactic Empire under threat, comprises Sten (1982), The Wolf Worlds (1984), Court of a Thousand Suns (1985), Fleet of the Damned (1988), Revenge of the Damned (1989), The Return of the Emperor (1990), Vortex (1993) and Empire's End (1993), all written with Chris Bunch; plus two further titles by Cole alone, Sten and the Mutineers (2016) and Sten and the Pirate Queen (2018). Early volumes proclaim some concern for the nature of the society defended; but the sequence soon concentrates on apolitical action, the more extreme moments usually centred on Sten's violent responses to any hint of betrayal. The Anteros sequence of fantasy tales, beginning with The Far Kingdoms (1993), was also written with Bunch, shortly before the team broke up suddenly, with apparent bad feeling; its final volume, The Warrior Returns (1997) was written by Cole solo. Also solo, he then wrote the Tales of the Timuras comprising When the Gods Slept (1997; vt Wizard of the Winds 1997), Wolves of the Gods (1998) and The Gods Awake (1999), all being assembled as The Complete Timuras (omni 2005); this too is fantasy.

Lords of Terror (2006; vt The Hate Parallax 2011) with Nick Perumov (a fantasy writer born in Russia on 21 November 1963; now in US), posits an eternal Cold War. [JC/DRL]

Allan George Cole

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 19 November 1943

died 30 March 2019

works (selected)




Tales of the Timuras

individual titles

  • Lords of Terror (Austin, Texas: Zumaya Publications, 2006) with Nick Perumov [pb/]
    • The Hate Parallax (Rockville, Maryland: Wildside Press, 2011) with Nick Perumov [vt of the above: pb/]


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