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Reaves, J Michael

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(1950-    ) US author who has written at least 100 teleplays, most with fantastic elements, for the children's Saturday-morning market, and who began publishing sf stories with "The Breath of Dragons" for Clarion 3 (anth 1973) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, after attending the previous year's Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop. His first three books were published as by J Michael Reaves, his later books as by Michael Reaves. Much of his work is fantasy, though his first novel, I, Alien (1978), is adventure sf, and Darkworld Detective (coll of linked stories 1982) characteristically mixes sf, fantasy and detective genres in the a noirish Planetary Romance quest by a colony planet's only detective for the Dark Lord (a familiar fantasy icon), who is his father. Hellstar (1984) with Steve Perry is sf; and Dome (1987), also with Perry, a Post-Holocaust tale set in the eponymous undersea Keep, engagingly tracks its large cast through various crises while, in the background, an AI begins to collaborate with humanity in preparing for the aquatic future. Later novels include InterWorld (2007) with Neil Gaiman, a Young Adult tale whose protagonist has the power to visit various Alternate World versions of Earth; subsequent volumes in the Interworld sequence were written with Mallory Reaves [see Checklist below].

It is never easy to find technical fault with Reaves, though it must be said he seems averse to stretching himself to the edge of his clear competence; it is sometimes hard, beyond a constant geniality, to discover much individuality beneath the professional surface. [JC]

James Michael Reaves

born San Francisco, California: 14 September 1950



Shattered World

Time Machine

The Trine

  • Hell on Earth (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2001) [hb/David Stevenson]
  • Mr Twilight (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2013) with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff [pb/Christian McGrath]

Star Wars

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Star Wars: Coruscant Nights


  • InterWorld (New York: Eos, 2007) with Neil Gaiman [Interworld: hb/James Jean]
  • The Silver Dream (New York: HarperTeen, 2013) with Mallory Reaves [Interworld: hb/Colin Anderson]
  • Eternity's Wheel (New York: HarperTeen, 2013) with Mallory Reaves [Interworld: hb/Colin Anderson]

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