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Smith, James Robert

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(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Things Not Seen" in 2 AM for Spring 1987, most of his short work being horror. His first novel, The Flock (2006), is a very Near Future action-heavy tale featuring the eponymous civilization of highly intelligent prehistoric birds, whose survival into the present in the backwoods of inland Florida has been made possible by its enormous care not to arouse the attention of its most feared predator, Homo sapiens. But the environmental destruction of Florida (see Climate Change; Ecology; Overpopulation; Pollution) has rendered the birds' continued survival unlikely. Smith's later novels – The Living End (2011) and The New Ecology of Death (2013) – are Zombie apocalypse tales. Evermore (anth 2006) with Stephen Mark Rainey is an Original Anthology on themes suggested by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. [JC]

James Robert Smith

born Georgia: 28 June 1957



works as editor

  • Evermore (Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 2006) with Stephen Mark Rainey [anth: Edgar Allan Poe: hb/Tony Patrick]


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