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Lerangis, Peter

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1955-    ) US actor and author, who also writes as by A L Singer. His earliest books were Ties for the Hardy Boys Juvenile Series; much of his work since has been similarly directed to the Young Adult market, including his sf and fantasy, typical of which are his three titles for the Byron Preiss Time Machine Shared World sequence – The Amazing Ben Franklin (1987 chap), The Last of the Dinosaurs (1988) and Time Machine, Special Edition: World War II Code Breaker (1989). The Watchers sequence – beginning with Watchers: Last Stop (1998) and ending with Lab 6 (1999) – comprises a non-tied series of tales about a number of adolescents whose Psi Powers include the capacity to see other Dimensions as well as past times (see Time Viewer). The Yearbook (1994), written in his own right, is horror. Later sequences include the Max Tilt series beginning with Fire the Depths (2017), whose young protagonist realizes that the stories written down by his ancestor Jules Verne describe real events; and the Throwback series beginning with Throwback (2019) whose young time-traveller protagonist (see Time Travel), obsessed with World War Two, makes various attempts, against the resistance of the flow of time itself, to kill Hitler.

The Worlds of Power sequence – beginning with Worlds of Power: Blaster Master: A Novel Based on the Best-Selling Game by Sunsoft (1990), all titles as by A L Singer – is a series of Ties to games created by various design firms for the overall Nintendo Worlds of Power Videogame. The X-Isle sequence is horror. Individual Ties include a Star Trek novel, Star Trek IV, the Voyage Home (1986 chap), novelizing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986); a G.I. Joe tale, The Sultan's Secret (1988); and Batman Begins: The Junior Novel (2005), novelizing Batman Begins (2005) (see Batman Films) for younger readers. [JC]

Peter Duncan Lerangis

born New York: 19 August 1955

works (selected)




The Seven Wonders

Max Tilt


  • Throwback (New York: HarperCollins, 2019) [Throwback: hb/]
  • The Chaos Loop (New York: HarperCollins, 2020) [Throwback: hb/]

individual titles



Time Machine

Worlds of Power

individual titles (ties)


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