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O'Neill, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1964-    ) Canadian author and editor, qualified in engineering and a former US software company manager, who was an editor at SF Site 1997-1999, before leaving to edit the new genre site Black Gate from late 2000 (Spring 2001 issue). He began publishing fiction of genre interest with "The Haunting of Cold Harbour" in Black Gate for Winter 2002, as by Todd McAulty. He is of sf interest for his first novel, The Robots of Gotham (2018) as by Todd McAulty, set in a moderately distant Near Future America, subjugated and balkanized and occupied by foreigners: all this seemingly due to the American government's earlier banning of AI, leaving the land vulnerable to AI-controlled Robot Invasions. In 2083, an exploited America – Manhattan or Gotham (see New York) is for instance ruled by a robot monarchy – is at risk from Pandemics, incursions of rogue armies, and other perils. The protagonist light-heartedly fights back; the author's Satirical stabs are intermittently overlit, but amusing. [JC]

John O'Neill

born Nova Scotia: 20 May 1964


  • The Robots of Gotham (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/A John Joseph Adams Book, 2018) as by Todd McAulty [hb/Mark R Robinson]


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