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King, T Jackson

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1948-    ) US archaeologist and author, formerly married to Paula E Downing. He began publishing sf with his first novel, Retread Shop (1988), a somewhat congested but pleasingly vivid tale of the upbringing of a young human in the Space Habitat of the title, and of his complicated dealings with Alien merchants and crises of various sorts. He then focused on short stories for much of the 1990s, many of them extrapolating the concerns of Anthropology into various venues, assembling a representative sample as Judgment Day and Other Dreams (coll 2009). He had earlier contributed a volume to A C Crispin's Starbridge sequence, Starbridge: Ancestor's World (1996) with Crispin. His second solo novel, Little Brother's World (2010), is a Young Adult tale concerning two rogue adolescents on a colony world rigidly controlled according to the codes which emblazon everyone's genetic nature (see Genetic Engineering).

King's Vigilante sequence beginning with Star Vigilante (2012) features Matt, a Cyborg agent for hire who finds himself pitted against a combination of interstellar corporations who together operate a Galactic Empire; Mata Hari, an AI-powered ship, is fortunately at his service, as is a range of super Weapons. Less fortunately, he is related to Clone slaves. The series seems set to continue. [JC]

Thomas Jackson King Jr

born Houston, Texas: 24 May 1948



Matt and Mata Hari

  • Star Vigilante (Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2012) [Matt and Mata Hari: pb/]
  • Nebula Vigilante (Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2013) [Matt and Mata Hari: pb/]
  • Galactic Vigilante (Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2013) [Matt and Mata Hari: pb/]
  • Anarchate Vigilante (Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2014) [Matt and Mata Hari: pb/]


Little Brother's World

  • Little Brother's World (Blacksburg, Virginia: Fantastic Books, 2010) [Little Brother's World: pb/Ian Randall Strock]
  • Genocide Illegal (Radford, Virginia: Wilder Publications, 2015) [Little Brother's World: pb/]

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