David Bischoff

David F. Bischoff (December 15, 1951 – March 19, 2018) was an American science fiction and television writer.

David Bischoff
BornDecember 15, 1951
Washington, D.C.
DiedMarch 19, 2018 (aged 66)[1]
Eugene, Oregon
Pen nameMark Grant, Dave Bischoff , Dave F. Bischoff , Michael F. X. Milhaus
OccupationNovelist, writer, educator
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy

General background

Born in Washington D.C., Bischoff wrote science fiction books, short stories, and scripts for television. Though he began writing in the early 1970s, and had over 80 books published, Bischoff was best known for novelizations of popular movies and TV series including Aliens, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and WarGames.

Early career

Bischoff began writing science fiction, and reviews of the genre while studying at the University of Maryland. His first publications were at Thrust, a fanzine offering science fiction commentary and criticism. The editor, Doug Fratz, later turned Thrust into a trade magazine, where Bischoff was a regular contributor.[2]

His first novel, The Seeker (with Christopher Lampton) was published in 1976, and in 1978 Bischoff coauthored "Tin Woodman", a short story nominated for a Nebula Award in that year,[3] and later adapted into both a novel and TV episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Movies and television

Bischoff worked on various television series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he coauthored the episodes "Tin Man" (with Dennis Putman Bailey) and "First Contact" (with Dennis Russell Bailey and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller) (not to be confused with the film Star Trek: First Contact). He also wrote the Star Trek tie-in novel Grounded, which spent time on the bestseller list.

Other TV work included Dinosaucers (with Ted Pedersen) produced by DIC Entertainment. His interest in dinosaurs led him to write the second of 24 books in the Time Machine series, Search for Dinosaurs, which is actually about finding Archaeopteryx, the first bird.

In addition to some seventy-five original novels, Bischoff wrote tie-in novels for well-known movies and TV series such as Aliens, Alien Versus Predator, Farscape, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Space Precinct, SeaQuest DSV, and Jonny Quest. He also wrote show-business related nonfiction under a variety of pen names.

In 2000, the Washington Post called him the "greatest living wrestling writer" for his work as "Winchell Dredge" at Wild Rampage Wrestling magazine.[4]


Bischoff taught creative writing at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania.

Selected bibliography


  • The Seeker (1976)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1977)
  • Forbidden World (1978) with Ted White
  • Tin Woodman (1979) with Dennis Russell Bailey
  • Star Fall (1980)
  • The Selkie (1982)
  • Mandala (1983)
  • Wargames (1983)
  • The Crunch Bunch (1985)
  • A Personal Demon (1985)
  • The Manhattan Project(1986)
  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  • The Blob (1989)
  • The Judas Cross (1994) with Charles Sheffield
  • Hackers (1995)
  • Philip K. Dick High (2000)
  • The Diplomatic Touch (2001)
  • The H. P. Lovecraft Institute (2002)
  • Jack London, Star Warrior (2003)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien University (2003)
  • The Tawdry Yellow Brick Road (2004)

Fiction series

  • Aliens
    • Aliens Omnibus Volume 2 (1996)
    • Genocide (1994)
  • Aliens vs. Predator
    • Aliens vs Predator Omnibus (1995)
    • Hunter's Planet (1994)
  • Bill, the Galactic Hero
    • Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Tasteless Pleasure (1991)
    • Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Ten Thousand Bars (1991)
  • Daniel M. Pinkwater's Melvinge of the Megaverse
    • Night of the Living Shark! (1991)
  • Dr. Dimension
    • Dr. Dimension (1993) with John DeChancie
    • Masters of Spacetime (1994)
  • Dragonstar
    • Dragonstar (1980) nominated for the AnLab Award in 1982 for best Serial[5]
    • Day of the Dragonstar (1983)
    • Night of the Dragonstar (1985)
    • Dragonstar Destiny (1989)
  • Farscape
    • Ship of Ghosts (2001)
  • Gaming Magi
    • The Destiny Dice (1985)
    • Wraith Board (1985)
    • The Unicorn Gambit (1986)
  • Gremlins
    • The New Batch (1988)
  • Mutants Amok
    • Mutants Amok (1991)
    • Mutant Hell (1991)
    • Rebel Attack (1991)
    • Holocaust Horror (1991)
  • Nightworld
    • Nightworld (1979)
    • Vampires of Nightworld (1981)
  • SeaQuest DSV
    • SeaQuest DSV: The Ancient (1994)
  • Space Precinct
    • The Deity-Father (1995)
    • Demon Wing (1995)
    • Alien Island (1996)
  • Star Fall
    • Star Fall (1980)
    • Star Spring (1982)
  • Star Hounds
    • The Infinite Battle (1985)
    • Galactic Warriors (1985)
    • The Macrocosmic Conflict (1986)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • Grounded (1993)
  • The Crow
    • A Murder of Crows (1998)
    • Quoth the Crow (1998)
  • The UFO Conspiracy
    • Abduction (1990)
    • Deception (1991)
    • Revelation (1991)
  • Time Machine
    • Search for Dinosaurs (1984)

Short story collections

  • Tripping the Dark Fantastic (2000)

Anthologies edited by David Bischoff

  • Quest (1977)
  • Strange Encounters (1977)

Short fiction

  • "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" (1974)
  • "The Sky's an Oyster; the Stars Are Pearls" (1975)
  • "Feeding Time" (1976)
  • "Heavy Metal" (1976)
  • "Tin Woodman" (1976) nominated for a Nebula Award in 1978[3]
  • "The Apprentice" (1977)
  • "Top Hat (1977)
  • "In Medias Res" (1978)
  • "Alone and Palely Loitering" (1978)
  • "All the Stage, A World" (1979)
  • "Outside" (1980)
  • "Waterloo Sunset" (1982)
  • "The Warmth of the Stars" (1983)
  • "Wired" (1983)
  • "Copyright Infringement" (1984)
  • "Cooking with Children" (1989)
  • "(Excerpt) Mutant Hell" (1991)
  • "Spare Change" (1991)
  • "High Concept" (1993)
  • "The Big Nap" (1993)
  • "Dr. Dimension" (1993)
  • "Santa Ritual Abuse" (1995)
  • "Be Still My Heart: The Bartender's Tale" (1995)
  • "Cam Shaft" (1996)
  • "Brigbuffoon" (1996)
  • "Vicious Wishes" (1996)
  • "Fade" (1996)
  • "The Xaxrkling of J. Arnold Boysenberry" (1997)
  • "In the Bleak Mid-Solstice" (1997)
  • "The S-Files" (1998)
  • "Tooth or Consequences" (1998)
  • "Tooth or Consequence" (1998)
  • "Bongoid" (1998)
  • "Mushroom Tea" (1999)
  • "Sittin' on the Dock" (1999)
  • "Joy to the World" (1999)
  • "A Ghost of a Chance" (1999)
  • "I Have No Blimp and I Must Dream" (2000)
  • "Love After Death" (2000)
  • "Fat Farm" (2000)
  • "Side Effects" (2000)
  • "May Oysters Have Legs" (2000)
  • "CD OM" (2000)
  • "Rounded by a Sleep" (2000)
  • "The Last Full Measure" (2000)
  • "A Game of Swords" (2000)
  • "The Whiteviper Scrolls" (2001)
  • "Mutant Mother from Hell: A "Fizz Smith" Story" (2001)
  • "The Tenth Wonder of the World" (2001)
  • "Books" (2002)
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice's Apprentice" (2002)
  • "Die, Christmas, Die!" (2004)
  • "Lonesome Diesel" (2004)
  • "Heathcliff's Notes" (2004)
  • "Enter All Abandon, Ye Who Hope Here" (2005)
  • "Quoth the Screaming Chicken" (2006)
  • "Further" (2006)
  • "The Man Who Would Be Overlord" (2007)
  • "Young Sun Ra and the Strange Celestial Roads" (2012)
  • "Hi Ted" (2012)


  1. ^ http://projects.registerguard.com/obituary/18384/
  2. ^ Ashley, Michael (2007). Gateways to forever: the story of the science-fiction magazines from 1970 to 1980 Volume 3. Liverpool University Press. pp. 305–306. ISBN 1-84631-002-4.
  3. ^ a b Nebula Nominee's 1978 Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Carlson, Peter (February 29, 2000). "Rockin' Rasslin' Writin'". Washington Post.
  5. ^ AnLab Nominations from 1982

External links

Bill, the Galactic Hero

Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical science fiction novel by American writer Harry Harrison, first published in 1965.

Harrison reports having been approached by a Vietnam veteran who described Bill as "the only book that's true about the military."


Bischoff is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

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Charles Sheffield

Charles Sheffield (25 June 1935 – 2 November 2002) was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction writer who served as a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronautical Society.His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel on the subject, The Fountains of Paradise, a coincidence that amused them both. Excerpts from both Sheffield's The Web Between the Worlds and Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise have appeared recently in a space elevator anthology Towering Yarns.

Sheffield served as Chief Scientist of Earth Satellite Corporation, a company that processed remote sensing satellite data. The association gave rise to many technical papers and two popular non-fiction books, Earthwatch and Man on Earth, both collections of false-colour and enhanced images of Earth from space.

He won the Nebula and Hugo awards for his novelette "Georgia on My Mind" and the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for his novel Brother to Dragons.Sheffield was Toastmaster at BucConeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore.

Before he died, he was writing a column for the Baen Books web site; his last column concerned the discovery of the brain tumour that led to his death.

Cold as Ice (novel)

Cold as Ice (1992) is a science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield. The setting takes place in the late 21st Century with humans having colonized the Solar System, and a terrible civil war recently resolved in which 50% of humanity was wiped out. The plot follows an eclectic group of characters sorting out a mystery initiated during the early days of the war. Like most of Sheffield's books, in addition to hard scifi descriptions of a convincing future world, intricate psychologies of the major characters play a crucial role.

Cold as Ice has been through six editions and remains in print more than twenty years after initial publication.

Convergence (novel)

Convergence (1997) is a science fiction novel in the Heritage Universe series by American writer Charles Sheffield. This book is a sequel to Transcendence.

Divergence (novel)

Divergence (1991) is a science fiction novel by American writer Charles Sheffield, part of his Heritage Universe series. The book, the sequel to Summertide, takes place millennia in the future when most of the Orion Arm of the galaxy has been colonized by humans and other races. Among the various star systems of this arm of the galaxy, a number of million-year-old artifacts have been discovered, remnants of a mysterious race called the Builders.

The characters of this book start just a few days after the previous book left off to go in search of a newly discovered artifact. This book introduces a few new characters that become important throughout the rest of the series. The characters work together to discover a new theory about the origins and current condition of the Builders. During this process, they discover that an old menace to the universe, thought to be extinct, has been unleashed upon the Orion Arm of the Milky Way once again.

The novel includes excerpts from the Lang Universal Artifact Catalog (Fourth Edition), and from the Universal Species Catalog (Subclass:Sapients).

The sequel to Divergence is Transcendence.

Godspeed (Sheffield novel)

Godspeed is a 1993 novel by American author Charles Sheffield.

On the isolated planet of Erin, young Jay Hara has grown up on dreams of space and legends of the fabled Godspeed drive, which once allowed humans to travel at translight speeds. After meeting Paddy Enderton, a seedy old spacer, Jay is drawn into a chase which carries him off the planet, into the asteroid belt and its tiny worldlets, and finally to the remnants of an ancient space station where the Godspeed drive may still exist. Along the way, Jay is at once awed and terrified of the piratical spacers who crew the ship, particularly the smooth-talking, ruthless captain, Daniel Shaker. Struggling to reconcile his admiration for Shaker with the man's evident viciousness, Jay eventually comes into his own as a spacer and an adult.

Higher Education (novel)

Higher Education is a 1996 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield and Jerry Pournelle. The book is part of the Jupiter series and was published through Tor Books.

Nimrod Hunt

Nimrod Hunt is a science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield. The story takes place hundreds of years in the future, with humanity having extensively colonized surrounding space, including beyond the solar system. Humans have encountered three extraterrestrial races, which although all bizarrely different in physiology and psychology coexist peacefully. In order to defend from unknown threats beyond known space, a security company creates highly advanced robotic soldiers to patrol the border. These go haywire and become the single greatest threat. A series of four-member teams, with a representative from each species, is dispatched to deal with the problem. The action of the story follows one such team.

The novel was revised as The Mind Pool with a different ending. In the preface to The Mind Pool, the author describes how he was unhappy with the original.

Resurgence (novel)

Resurgence (2002) is a science fiction novel by American writer Charles Sheffield, the finale of the Heritage Universe and the last book he published. Following the previous book in the series, Convergence, there are no more Builder artifacts left in the part of the galaxy explored by the four clades of the Orion Arm. However, an envoy from the neighboring Sagittarius Arm shows a short route to that arm and the ship's dead passengers carry an ominous message: a force even stronger than the Builders is consuming whole star systems in the neighboring arm.

The team gets together one last time in an attempt to find the envoy's home planet. They work to discover if the Builders touched the Sag arm in a way similar to the local arm. They attempt to see if the source of this mysterious enemy can be found so that future generations may study it and find a way to stop it before it reaches the local arm in the millennia ahead.


Summertide (1990) is a science fiction novel by American writer Charles Sheffield, the first of his series of Heritage Universe. The story takes place millennia in the future, with humans having extensively colonized our spiral arm of the Milky Way and having encountered a number of intelligent alien races. Littered throughout the galaxy are hundreds of massive abandoned engineering projects built by a mysterious race, referred to as The Builders, extinct for three million years. An eclectic group of scientists and opportunists are descending upon one such artifact at a time when its surrounding environment is extremely dangerous to study an unusual phenomenon.

The novel includes excerpts from the Lang Universal Artifact Catalog (Fourth Edition), describing several Builder artifacts.

Divergence is the next book in the series.

Ted White (author)

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The Billion Dollar Boy

The Billion Dollar Boy is a 1997 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield. The story takes place centuries in the future where asteroid mining is a major industry. Earth's population is 14 billion, most live in poverty. The protagonist is Shelby Cheever, a spoiled, exceedingly rich teenager, who lords his wealth over everyone around him, while taking pride in being completely unproductive. In a drunken vacation mishap, Shelby accidentally ends up in a remote mining colony with no easy return, due to entering a FTL translation node without setting the coordinates. There he is forced to work hard to survive, and interact with his new shipmates as equals. Through both routine labor, and many misadventures, Shelby endures much positive character building.

This book is a future retelling of Kipling's Captains Courageous. Same plot: spoiled rich kid gets high [drunk] and falls off an ocean liner [spaceship] into the ocean [a wormhole node]. He is picked up by a fishing boat [space mining ship] and forced to work for/with them for several months until the hold is full. There is even the mysterious Pennsylvania Pratt [Scrimshander Limes] who has forgotten his identity after a personal tragedy and remembers it temporarily while saving shipwreck [sabotage] victims.

The book is a relatively light adventure tale, by Sheffield standards, and serves mainly as a platform for the author's views on child rearing, while giving some hard science fiction theories about far future technology and economics.

The Diamond Drill

"The Diamond Drill" is a science fiction novelette by Charles Sheffield. It was first published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in April 2002, and subsequently republished in Year's Best SF 8 in June 2003.

Thomas F. Monteleone

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Thrust (science fiction magazine)

Thrust was published from 1973–1991. It started off as a Fanzine by Doug Fratz Steven L. Goldstein at the University of Maryland until 1976. In 1978, Thrust became a trade magazine.Thrust was a magazine for science fiction fans, offering commentary and criticism of work published within the genre. Nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1980, it received four other nominations for best semi-prozine in the following years (1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991). As a trade magazine, it expanded rapidly, moving to offset covers. Ultimately the circulation rose to 1,700. Columnists at various times included Ted White, Charles Sheffield, Lou Stathis, John Shirley, Michael Bishop, David Bischoff, Chris Lampton, Darrell Schweitzer and Jeffrey Elliot. Dan Steffan provided art direction for the magazine.

Tin Woodman (novel)

Tin Woodman is a science fiction novel written by Dennis Russell Bailey and David Bischoff. It was first published in 1979. The story, about a psychic who makes contact with a sentient spacecraft, was adapted into a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode.

Transcendence (Sheffield novel)

Transcendence (1992) is a science fiction novel by American writer Charles Sheffield, part of his Heritage Universe series. This book is the sequel to Divergence and Summertide.

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