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Monteleone, Thomas F

Entry updated 31 July 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1946-    ) US author active in sf since 1972, first with book reviews in Amazing, then with short stories, beginning with "Wendigo's Child" for Monster Tales (anth 1973) edited by Roger Elwood. nine of them (plus a play) are collected in Dark Stars, and Other Illuminations (coll 1981). These were more ambitious than most of his work at novel length, which is undemanding adventure fiction, starting with Seeds of Change (1975); this is of interest in that, as the first of the Laser Books, it was issued free to libraries and booksellers as a promotional item in order to generate sales of later titles. Monteleone's subsequent sf novels include The Time-Swept City (fixup 1977), featuring a city-controlling Computer in the process of developing sentience; The Secret Sea (1979), with Jules Verne's Captain Nemo and the Nautilus turning up in one of a set of Parallel Worlds; and the entertaining Post-Holocaust Guardian sequence: Guardian (1980) and Ozymandias (1981); in the first volume a pre-holocaust supercomputer is found, and in the second it is incarnated in a human body. The rather derivative Dragonstar sequence with David F BischoffDay of the Dragonstar (1983), Night of the Dragonstar (1985) and Dragonstar Destiny (1989) – is about First Contact with a saurian race aboard a vast, alien spacecraft. In 1980 Monteleone moved to horror/dark fantasy with Night Things (1980), returning to it with Night-Train (1984) and later with others.

Monteleone is a thoughtful editor. His two sf theme anthologies are The Arts, and Beyond: Visions of Man's Aesthetic Future (anth 1977) and R-A-M: Random Access Messages of the Computer Age (anth 1984; vt Microworlds: SF Stories of the Computer Age 1985). The Borderlands horror anthology sequence, whose later volumes were edited in collaboration with Elizabeth Monteleone, opened with Borderlands (anth 1990) [for further titles see Checklist below]. [PN]

see also: Arts.

Thomas Francis Monteleone

born Baltimore, Maryland: 14 April 1946




  • Guardian (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1980) [Guardian: hb/Gary Friedman]
  • Ozymandias (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1981) [Guardian: hb/Karen Grant]


Nocturnia Chronicles

  • Definitely Not Kansas (Grantham, New Hampshire: Borderlands Press, 2015) as Tom Monteleone with F Paul Wilson [Nocturnia Chronicles: pb/Gioconda Padovan]
  • Family Secrets (Grantham, New Hampshire: Borderlands Press, 2015) as Tom Monteleone with F Paul Wilson [Nocturnia Chronicles: hb/]

individual titles

collections and stories

works as editor



individual titles as editor


  • The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association (Grantham, New Hampshire: Borderlands Press, 2003) [nonfiction: coll: assembling the MAFIA column from various sources, first appeared between 1976 and 2003: hb/Elizabeth Monteleone]


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