John M. Ford
John M. Ford
John M. Ford
John M. Ford
John M. Ford
107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405, United States
Ford attended Indiana University Bloomington.
(Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But o...)
Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But on a mission to Earth, Krenn learns a lesson in peace. Suddenly he must fight a secret battle of his own. His empire has a covert plan to shatter the Federation. Only Krenn can prevent a war - at the risk of his own life!
(In the novel, large deposits of dilithium are detected on...)
In the novel, large deposits of dilithium are detected on a colony planet, and delegations are sent by the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire to negotiate for mining rights (neither able to openly fight against the other because of the "Organian Lightbulbs", a reference to the Organians from the original series).
(In two science fiction stories, characters journey throug...)
In two science fiction stories, characters journey through an epic fantasy of alternate worlds in search of reality, and political intrigue meets the personal intrigues of the human mind.
(While investigating a missing Christopher Marlowe manuscr...)
While investigating a missing Christopher Marlowe manuscript, Nicholas Hansard, an expert at extracting truth from forgotten historical documents, stumbles upon a secret that could bring the world of war.
(Condemned to death at the age of nine for his ability to ...)
Condemned to death at the age of nine for his ability to manipulate the Web, which links the many worlds of humanity, Grailer must go underground, hiding his skills and testing his powers.
(Short fiction and poetry previously published in magazine...)
Short fiction and poetry previously published in magazines and anthologies, including several items released only in limited edition printings, and a new story, "Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail." Hardbound with cover art by Ron Walotsky.
(That woman, it turns out, is important to another party o...)
That woman, it turns out, is important to another party on the scene: Mr. Patrice. Who, in his turn, appears to run a lot of the City. Doc knows he holds some kind of unusual power. Mr. Patrice knows it too. So does the beautiful Ginevra Benci. And so does the sorcerous Whisper-Who-Dares, who offers threats and temptations far beyond anything Doc ever imagined. By turns brutal and delicate, murderous and metaphysical, The Last Hot Time is a fantasy novel unlike any other, a brilliant dance of genres and storylines leading to a thoroughly unusual conclusion.
(Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poe...)
Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments.
Ford attended Indiana University Bloomington but he did not graduate.
Ford relocated to New York City in 1978 and found a job in Science Fiction Magazine producing fiction, game reviews and articles. Ford wrote children’s novel under a pseudonym as well as other work under the names Milo Denison and Michael J. Dodge before his short story This, Too, We Reconcile was published under his name in Analog in May 1976.
During 1979-1981 his Alternities Corporation sequence was published in various magazines. His first novel, Web of Angels, was published in 1980. Ford was a regular contributor up until 2002. By the early 1990s, he was living in Minneapolis doing a variety of jobs to support himself and his writing - a hospital orderly, computer consultant, slush pile reader, and copy editor. In his final years, Ford toiled away at a colossal work, over 140,000 words long, titled Aspects.
At the time of his death, Ford had produced over a hundred works over a thirty year period. These included The Dragon Waiting (1983), Growing Up Weightless (1993), The Last Hot Time (2000), the poem 110 Stories and Heat of Fusion (2004).
(In the novel, large deposits of dilithium are detected on...)1987
(While investigating a missing Christopher Marlowe manuscr...)1988
(Short fiction and poetry previously published in magazine...)1997
(Condemned to death at the age of nine for his ability to ...)1992
(In two science fiction stories, characters journey throug...)1987
(Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poe...)2004
(A soaring space epic of a galactic empire that rested on ...)1982
(That woman, it turns out, is important to another party o...)2000
(Klingon Captain Krenn is a ruthless war strategist. But o...)1984
Ford's body of work resembles some beast out of ancient Greek myth, all random appendages and vestigial organs, guarding a treasure. The torso of this body, supporting its many limbs, is made up of his novels. Each is written in a different genre (or, more often than not, multiple genres that overlap) but each is recognizably his.
All his novels also contain at least one lengthy stretch where the reader will be utterly baffled. Key events will be recounted elliptically, and vital connections will be revealed in a tossed-off detail.
Ford also wanted his works to flow from characters who felt like real people, and real people do not go around expounding on the rules of their universes, nor do they always understand what’s going on, particularly if they lack power, as Ford’s characters often do. If there’s one unifying theme to his books, it’s a deep skepticism of power and its costs.
Ford was a prominent member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library.
Ford always avoided repetition not only of the work of others, but also of his own work: whereas many writers make a name for themselves by developing a known style that repeats in many works, Ford always surprised with his ability to use a variety of styles that best suit the world, characters, and situations he has chosen to write about. In some ways this might have limited his readership, as many people prefer to repeat a known experience when they purchase works by the same author.
Ford was a slender, slightly abstract-seeming man, and he gave the almost certainly false impression that he uttered his jokes and spoofs and infodumps without forethought; he always seemed a bit startled at what he had just said.
Most of his life Ford suffered from diabetes which led to renal failure which resulted in a kidney transplant in 2000.
Quotes from others about the person
"When you’re reading a Mike Ford novel, you knew it instantly. Every book contained a puzzle of some sort. And the play with language. He would use a word, and if that word had multiple meanings, he meant to use all of them in that sentence." - Beth Meacham, one of his editors at Tor
American writer Elise Matthesen was Ford’s partner for thirteen years up until his death in 2006.