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Randle, Kevin D

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(1949-    ) US author who served in the Army as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam 1968-1969 and in the Air Force as an Intelligence Officer 1976-1986. He began publishing sf with "Future War" for Combat Illustrated in 1978, but became an active writer only in the 1980s, beginning two sequences in 1986: the Seeds of War books, all with Robert Cornett – Seeds of War (1988), The Aldebaran Campaign (1988) and The Aquarian Attack (1989) – and the Time Mercenaries books, also with Cornett: Remember the Alamo? (1980; vt Remember the Alamo! 1986), Remember Gettysburg! (1988) and Remember the Little Bighorn! (1990). The first series is an unremarkable example of Military SF, though told with some verve; the second is a more exhilarating Time-Travel sequence, in which Vietnam veterans are enlisted to travel to famous battles, where they must make sure that events take their proper course, initially for the benefit of a giant oil corporation. The Jefferson's War sequence – The Galactic Silver Star (1990), The Price of Command (1990), The Lost Colony (1991), The January Platoon (1991), Death of a Regiment (1991) and Chain of Command (1992) – is again Military SF, carrying members of the United States Space Infantry into various tight corners. The similar Global War sequence began with Dawn of Conflict (1991); the Star Precinct sequence, with Ed Gorman writing as Richard Driscoll, began with Star Precinct (1992), set on a city-sized Space Station which features in each instalment; the Galactic MI sequence began with Galactic MI (1993); the Exploration Chronicles, a Space Opera sequence, began with Signals (2003).

Randle's several books on Ufology (see UFOs) – beginning with The October Scenario: UFO Abductions, Theories about Them and a Prediction of When they will Return (1989) and The UFO Casebook (1989) – have been influential, though he has in recent years given the impression that he feels the arguments in favour of this belief may not ever be proved. [JC]

Kevin Douglas Randle

born Cheyenne, Wyoming: 1949



Seeds of War

  • Seeds of War (New York: Ace Books, 1986) with Robert Cornett [Seeds of War: pb/Miro]
  • The Aldebaran Campaign (New York: Ace Books, 1988) with Robert Cornett [Seeds of War: pb/Miro]
  • The Aquarian Attack (New York: Ace Books, 1989) with Robert Cornett [Seeds of War: pb/Miro]

Time Mercenaries


  • Recon (New York: Avon Books, 1988) as by Steve MacKenzie [Seals: pb/]
  • Sniper (New York: Avon Books, 1988) as by Steve MacKenzie [Seals: pb/]

Jefferson's War

Global Conflict

Star Precinct

Galactic MI

Exploration Chronicles

  • Signals (New York: Ace Books, 2003) [Exploration Chronicles: pb/Danilo Ducak]
  • Starship (New York: Ace Books, 2004) [Exploration Chronicles: pb/Danilo Ducak]
  • F T L (New York: Ace Books, 2004) [Exploration Chronicles: pb/Danilo Ducak]
  • The Gate (New York: Ace Books, 2006) [Exploration Chronicles: pb/Edwin Herdfer]

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