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Klass, David

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author, son of occasional sf short story writer Morton Klass (1927-2001), nephew of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and brother of Judy Klass, who began publishing short fiction with "Ringtoss" for Seventeen in 1978. Of his fiction, much of which has been written for Young Adult readers, the Caretaker sequence – comprising Firestorm (2006), Whirlwind (2008) and Timelock (2009) – sends its young protagonist via Time Travel back to our twenty-first-century world, which is in the throes of potentially fatal Climate Change. In Firestorm he focuses his efforts on the oceans; in Whirlwind he must confront the Dark Lord (a traditional fantasy name, this time used in a strictly sf frame) and save the rain forests; in Timelock he ricochets back to the future, whose Ruined Earth nature is an ominous signal that the world was not that easy to save. An early novel, Night of the Tyger (1990), is horror with supernatural implications; in Stuck on Earth (2010), a tiny snail-shaped Alien, who must decide whether Homo sapiens is worth preserving, takes over a teenage boy's mind (see Identity Transfer), and falls in love with the girl next door: Earth is saved. [JC]

David A Klass

born Vermont: 1960




  • Firestorm (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006) [Caretaker: hb/Cliff Nielsen]
  • Whirlwind (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008) [Caretaker: hb/Cliff Nielsen]
  • Timelock (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009) [Caretaker: hb/Cliff Nielsen]

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