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DeMille, Nelson

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(1943-    ) US author of several Technothrillers in collaboration – originally anonymously – with Thomas H Block. The collaboration is made explicit only in the revised version of Block's first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). These 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. Our listing of Block titles below, on the grounds that they may be collaborative, does not represent a claim that they are so; for this has not been established. [JC]

Nelson Richard DeMille

born New York: 23 August 1943


  • Mayday (New York: Richard Marek, 1979) with and as by Thomas H Block [hb/]
    • Mayday (New York: Warner Books, 1998) with Thomas H Block [rev of the above with changed author credit: pb/]
  • Orbit (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1982) with and as by Thomas H Block [hb/]
  • Forced Landing (New York: Coward, McCann, 1983) with and as by Thomas H Block [hb/]
  • Airship Nine (New York: G P Putnam's Sons, 1984) with and as by Thomas H Block [hb/]
  • Skyfall (New York: Jove, 1987) with and as by Thomas H Block [pb/]
  • Open Skies (London: New English Library, 1990) with and as by Thomas H Block [hb/]
  • The Lion (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011) [pb/]


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