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Conway, Gerard F

Entry updated 6 February 2023. Tagged: Author, Film, TV.

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(1952-    ) US author who began his career in Comics, writing some non-fantastic scripts for Marvel Comics; he began publishing sf with "Through the Dark Glass" for Amazing in November 1970. His first sf novel was The Midnight Dancers (1971). Mindship (in Universe 1, anth 1971, ed Terry Carr; exp 1974) is a Space Opera: the mindships of the title are Spaceships coordinated by the Psi Powers of specially trained "corks". Not untypically of sf novels of the time, by the end of the book a gestalt state has been achieved between one cork and his captain. As Wallace Moore, Conway wrote the Balzan of the Cat People series: The Blood Stones (1975), The Caves of Madness (1975) and The Lights of Zetar (1975), deliberately reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan but with Cat-like Aliens replacing the apes.

In the early 1970s Conway was also involved with Marvel Comics, editing the short-lived 1973 weird fiction magazine The Haunt of Horror and writing for the 1973-1975 anthology Comic Worlds Unknown.

Conway then became a scriptwriter and producer in Hollywood, working both in Television and Cinema; most of his work there is non-fantastic, though he co-wrote the story for the film Conan the Destroyer (1984) directed by Richard Fleischer, and wrote for various television series: two 1986 episodes for Transformers (1984-1987), four 1986 episodes for The Centurions (1986), 1992 and 1994 episodes for Batman (1992-1995) (see Batman), a 1994 episode for Spider-Man (1994-1998), and unspecified episodes for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999). He created the animated Superhero-team series Defenders of the Earth (1986-1987). [JC/DRL]

see also: Faster Than Light.

Gerard Francis Conway

born New York: 10 September 1952



Balzan of the Cat People

  • Blood Stones (New York: Pyramid Books, 1975), as Wallace Moore [Balzan of the Cat People: pb/]
  • The Caves of Madness (New York: Pyramid Books, 1975) as Wallace Moore [Balzan of the Cat People: pb/]
  • The Lights of Zetar (New York: Pyramid Books, 1975) as Wallace Moore [Balzan of the Cat People: pb/]

individual titles

  • The Midnight Dancers (New York: Ace Books, 1971) [in the publisher's first Science Fiction Special series: pb/Davis Meltzer]
  • Mindship (New York: DAW Books, 1974) [exp from "Mindship" (in Universe 1, anth 1971, ed Terry Carr): pb/Kelly Freas]


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