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Cool, Tom

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1954-    ) US computer technician for the American Navy and, after his retirement, author of three action-oriented sf novels. In Infectress (1997), a terrorist engineers a virus (see Medicine) designed to return Earth to an idyllic pre-civilized state, and makes use of a stolen AI and nanoware (see Nanotechnology) to further this goal; Secret Realms (1998), clearly influenced by Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (August 1977 Analog; exp 1985), follows the maturation of a group of teenagers unaware that they have been raised in a Virtual Reality world and that the play wars they engage in are exercises for real ones; and Soldier of Light (1999) with John de Lancie (a Star Trek actor) traces a Near Future transformation of those humans who survive metamorphosis into the only beings capable of fighting an Alien entity which has housed itself for millennia within the planet. [JC]

Tom Cool

born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 1954

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