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Gilstrap, John

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1957-    ) US screenwriter and author, mostly of nonfantastic thrillers, including the long Jonathan Grave sequence beginning with No Mercy (2009) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the first instalment of the projected Virginia Emerson sequence, Crimson Phoenix (2021), which provides at first a Technothriller-inflected conspectus of World War Three, triggered by Iran's pre-emptive nuclear strike against an Israel about to launch its own missiles. The tale then focuses on the decimated American government (the president and vice-president and many other have been killed) in the immediate Post-Holocaust period; a West Virginian politician, barred from shelter, combats a Survivalist gang leader with the help of her children, and looks uncertainly futurewards. A sequel is mooted. [JC]

John Gilstrap

born 27 February 1957

works (highly selected)


Virginia Emerson

  • Crimson Phoenix (New York: Kensington Books, 2021) [Virginia Emerson: hb/]


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