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Donald Moffitt

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Donald Moffitt

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Full Name: Donald Moffitt
Born: July 20, 1931
Died: December 10, 2014
Monroe, ME
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American


US writer who started publishing work of genre interest with "The Devil's Due" for Fantastic in May 1960. His first outright sf novel is The Jupiter Theft (1977), a tale which established him as an author of numerate, physics-oriented, fast-moving Hard-SF adventures. After some years of silence came the Genesis series - The Genesis Quest (1986) and Second Genesis (1986) - which demonstrates a competence with the mythopoeically large scales and calculations typical of Moffitt's category of Space Opera as Earth sends terminal messages through space which reach their Alien targets millions of years hence, generating an aeon-leaping response. Slightly closer to home, the Mechanical Sky sequence - Crescent in the Sky (1990) and A Gathering of Stars (1990) - posits Arab-dominated venues in space. Though some local-colour weaknesses (the first volume features a court eunuch) might reasonably irritate Muslims, the focus of the tales - especially the wide-ranging second instalment - is firmly on the wide-scale action and the Physics. The hero of Jovian (2003) has adventures in the inner planets.

Under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon, which Moffitt has acknowledged, he wrote the Baroness sequence of vaguely Near Future, Invention-saturated thrillers starring Penelope St John-Orsini and beginning with The Ecstasy Connection (1974), combines sex and futuristic anti-West conspiracies; the general effect is reminiscent of, but not the equal of, the Modesty Blaise sequence by Peter O'Donnell.

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Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 Genesis Quest

 1. (1986)
 2. (1986)

 The Mechanical Sky

 1. (1989)
 2. (1990)