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Sirota, Mike

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1946-    ) US author, beginning with the Reglathium sequence of Planetary Romances, the first listed being The Prisoner of Reglathium (1978), but with all five volumes published simultaneously, and featuring various adventures across romantic continents: Monsters are encountered, and Underground vistas gape open, but the sequence lacks the narrative strengths of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sirota's acknowledged model. The protagonist of his second fantasy-like series, the Berbora sequence comprising Berbora (1978) and Flight from Berbora (1978), discovers the eponymous City of his dreams, which has lain in ruins for a millennium; and hopes through Time Travel to return to the point where Disaster struck, and to save Berbora: his intervention, sadly, creates the disaster he had hoped to avert. The Ro-Lan sequence beginning with Master of Boranga (1980), is similar to Sirota's first.

Though his best subsequent work has tended to be tales of horror like Demon Shadows (1990) or the powerful The Burning Ground (2012), Sirota has also released some work of sf interest, primarily the Bicycling Through Space and Time sequence comprising Bicycling Through Space and Time (1991), The Ultimate Bike Path (1992) and The 22nd Gear (1993). A kind of Wormhole through the universe opens when the twenty-second gear is engaged on the protagonist's bike, providing access to different worlds and different epochs. The Fantastic Voyages subsequently enjoyed by the mildly adventurous Jack Miller are somewhat muted. Quantum Force (1993) as by Victor Appleton is a Tie to the fourth series of the Tom Swift Shared World (see Tom Swift). Sirota is an author with engaging ideas, but is perhaps at times too easily pleased by them. [JC]

Michael Barry Sirota

born White Plains, New York: 1946






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