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Gilden, Mel

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What About us Grils?" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and whose first novels were Young Adult tales like The Return of Captain Conquer (1986) and the loosely linked Outer Space and All That Junk (1989), both comical though not spoofish, and quite compellingly told. Most of his later career has focused on series for slightly younger readers, like the Fifth Grade Monsters sequence beginning with M is for Monster (1987 chap) and its numerous sequels. His Star Trek Ties are competent; and the Cybersurfers sequence, beginning with Cybersurfers: Cyberspace Cowboys (1995) with Ted Pedersen, carries comedy to the Internet. [JC]

Mel S Gilden

born 3 July 1947

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Fifth Grade Monsters

  • M is for Monster (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1987) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/John Pierard]
  • Born to Howl (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1987) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Pet of Frankenstein (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1988) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Z is for Zombie (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1988) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Monster Mashers (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1989) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Things That Go Bark in the Park (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1989) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Yuckers! (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1989) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • The Monster in Creeps Head Bay (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1990) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • How to Be a Vampire in One Easy Lesson (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1990) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Island of the Weird (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1990) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/John Pierard]
  • Monster Boy (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1991) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/]
  • Troll Patrol (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1991) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/John Pierard]
  • The Secret of Dinosaur Bog (New York: Avon Books/Camelot/GLC, 1991) [chap: Fifth Grade Monsters: pb/John Pierard]

Zoot Marlowe

Star Trek (various subseries)

Cybersurfers

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