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Coville, Bruce

Entry updated 4 September 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1950-    ) US author of sf and fantasy, mostly the latter, almost exclusively juveniles. Of some sf interest are: Murder in Orbit (1987; vt Space Station ICE-3 1987); My Teacher Is an Alien (1989) and its sequels, My Teacher Fried My Brains (1991), My Teacher Glows in the Dark (1991), all three assembled as My Teacher Is an Alien: 3 Books in One (omni 1995), plus and My Teacher Flunked the Planet (1992); Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon #2: The Dark Abyss (1989), a tie; the A.I. Gang sequence for children – Operation Sherlock (1986), Robot Trouble (1986) and Forever Begins Tomorrow (1986); and the Rod Allbright sequence of humorous sf adventures, Aliens Ate My Homework (1993) and I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X (1994). None of this work can easily be thought of as meant to be taken seriously, though Armageddon Summer (1998) with Jane Yolen is an acute and sympathetic rendering of benefits (and costs) of living through a fundamentalist understanding of the seemingly imminent End of the World, and the tales assembled in The One Right Thing (coll, 2008) are both competent and varied. [JC]

see also: Skylark Award.

Bruce Farrington Coville

born Syracuse, New York: 16 May 1950

works (selected)

fiction (sf)


A.I. Gang

Planet Builders

My Teacher

Space Brat

Rod Allbright

individual titles (sf)

fiction (non-sf)


Magic Shop

Camp Haunted Hills

Unicorn Chronicles

  • Into the Land of Unicorns (New York: Scholastic, 1994) [Unicorn Chronicles: hb/Neal McPheeters]
  • Song of the Wanderer (New York: Scholastic, 1999) [Unicorn Chronicles: hb/Rebecca Guay]
  • Dark Whispers (New York: Scholastic, 2008) [Unicorn Chronicles: hb/Petar Meseldzija]
  • The Last Hunt (New York: Scholastic, 1999) [Unicorn Chronicles: hb/Petar Meseldzija]

individual titles

works as editor (highly selected)


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