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McCollum, Michael A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1946-    ) US control-systems engineer (specializing in aerospace propulsion) and author, who began publishing sf with "Duty, Honor, Planet" for Analog, April 1979. His first novel, A Greater Infinity (fixup 1982), established the pattern he would follow through the 1980s: a complex Space-Opera adventure plot – assembling the variously published Greater Infinity stories beginning with "Beer Run" (July 1979 Analog) – involves humans from Parallel Worlds, one of them ours, with one or more Alien races as Wars, quests and challenges galore generate a sense of movement. The Makers series – Life PROBE (1983) and Procyon's Promise (1985) – and the Antares series – Antares Dawn (1986), Antares Passage (1987) and Antares Victory (2002) – are in this mould, but Thunderstrike! (1989) deals more mundanely with what happens when a Comet strikes Earth, and The Clouds of Saturn (1991) concerns human and internecine strife in the cloud-cities colonizing Saturn (see Outer Planets). McCollum's touch is usually light, and accusations of racism – occasioned by the sorry fate Africa suffers in the Makers books – seem almost certainly misdirected. A late series, the Gibraltar Stars sequence beginning with Gibraltar Earth (1999) and built around First Contact tropes, continues in the same vein. [JC]

Michael Allen McCollum

born Phoenix, Arizona: 25 August 1946





Gibraltar Stars

  • Gibraltar Earth (Tempe, Arizona: Sci Fi – Arizona, 1999) [Gibraltar Stars: pb/Don Dixon]
  • Gibraltar Sun (Tempe, Arizona: Sci Fi – Arizona, 2006) [Gibraltar Stars: pb/]
  • Gibraltar Stars (Tempe, Arizona: Sci Fi – Arizona, 2009) [Gibraltar Stars: pb/]

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