Entry updated 5 August 2021. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dig Up the Vote" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #47 circa August/September 2010, followed by two Ties to the fantasy Videogame Abyss Walker. His first solo series, the Young Adult Children of Lost Earth sequence beginning with The Ark (2015), is of sf interest for its widescreen enactment of topoi out of the Space Opera toolkit (see SF Megatext). The protagonists of the first volume discover that life in The Ark, a Generation Starship conveying survivors of the End of the World, consists of more than Games and Sports designed to kill time until the planetary destination is reached (see Colonization of Other Worlds); in Trident's Forge (2016) the ship makes planetfall, but the new colonists find the world they have named Gaia half occupied by Aliens (see First Contact; Gaia; Life on Other Worlds), and interspecies War is narrowly averted; and two decades later in Children of the Divide (2017), peace is threatened by a third Alien species.
A rare example of comic Space Opera, Gate Crashers (2018) traverses not dissimilar territory after the captain of a research Starship is wakened by her ship AI from Cryogenic Suspended Animation to examine, and to abscond with, an Alien artefact discovered in deep space. When the artefact is taken back to Earth like some Elgin Marble, the plot thickens. Starship Repo (2019), a Young Adult tale, puts the young protagonist through varying Space Opera adventures in a Faster-Than-Light-joined galaxy. The author has stated that "Gate Crashers and Starship Repo are set in a shared universe called The Breach, but share little in the way of characters or plot." (2020 Goodreads.com).
To date, Tomlinson has shown himself to be sparky but not succinct. [JC]
Patrick S Tomlinson
- The Wererat's Tale III: The Collar of Perdition (New Babel Books, 2013) [tie to the Videogame Abyss Walker: pb/]
Children of Lost Earth
- The Ark (New York: Angry Robot, 2015) [Children of Lost Earth: pb/]
- Trident's Forge (New York: Angry Robot, 2016) [Children of Lost Earth: pb/]
- Children of the Divide (New York: Angry Robot, 2017) [Children of Lost Earth: pb/Lee Gibbons]
- Gate Crashers (New York: Tor, 2018) [The Breach: pb/Vadim Sadovski and Algol/Shutterstock.com]
- Starship Repo (New York: Tor, 2019) [The Breach: pb/]
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