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von Gunden, Kenneth

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Scrapings" in Ascents of Wonder (anth 1977) edited by David Gerrold, but whose first book of sf interest was nonfiction: Twenty All-Time Great SF Films (1982) with Stuart H Stock. He began publishing sf novels with StarSpawn (1990), which interestingly introduces an ethically advanced Hive-Mind race of interstellar explorers into medieval England, though an associated species escapes their ship and causes some havoc. The K-9 Corps sequence beginning with K-9 Corps (1991) and ending with K-9 Corps #4: The Last Resort (1993) confronts a team of Genetically Engineered super-dogs – who rather resemble the wolves in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books sequence, not least in their ability to talk – with challenges on alien planets. The Galen Yeager sequence, comprising The Sounding Stillness (1993) and The Pale Companion (1994), carries a secret agent and his Cyborg sidekick into intrigues also involving Genetic Engineering and also set into a Space Opera context. [JC]

Kenneth Ray von Gunden

born Bellefonte, Pennsylvania: 9 February 1946



K-9 Corps

Galen Yeager

individual titles

  • StarSpawn (New York: Ace Books, 1990) [pb/Mark Ferran]



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