John Milo "Mike" Ford (April 10, 1957 – September 25, 2006) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet. Minicon is a Science fiction and Fantasy convention in Minneapolis usually held on Easter weekend Events 879 - Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks. 1407 - the lama Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) Events 303 - On a voyage preaching the Gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Fantasy is a Genre that uses magic and other Supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting A "game designer" is a person who designs Video games or one who designs traditional games such as Board games Video Games Designer A video game designer A poet is a person who writes Poetry. Etymology From the Ancient greek: ποιέω, poieō: "I make or compose"
Ford was regarded (and obituaries, tributes and memories describe him) as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a popular contributor to several online discussions. Online discussion is a relatively new form of Communication, facilitated usually by Computer networks The first such communications were on mainframe-based systems He composed poems, often improvised, in both complicated forms and blank verse, notably Shakespearean pastiche; he also wrote pastiches and parodies of many other authors and styles. Blank verse is a type of Poetry, distinguished by having a regular meter, but no Rhyme. The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic Genre. A parody (ˈpɛɹədiː US, [ˈpaɹədiː] UK) in contemporary usage is a work created to mock comment on or poke fun at an original work its subject At Minicon and other science fiction conventions he would perform "Ask Dr. Minicon is a Science fiction and Fantasy convention in Minneapolis usually held on Easter weekend Science fiction conventions are gatherings of the community of fans (called Science fiction fandom) of various forms of Speculative fiction including Science Mike", giving humorous answers to scientific and other questions in a lab coat before a whiteboard.
Ford was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and raised in Whiting, Indiana. East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, opposite Chicago, Illinois. Whiting is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. Whiting is located on the southern shore of Lake  In the mid-1970s he attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he was active in the IU science fiction club and Society for Creative Anachronism (using the name Miles Atherton de Grey); while there, he published his first short story "This, Too, We Reconcile" in the May 1976 Analog. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Indiana University is the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is a community of people actively interested in Science fiction and Fantasy literature, and in contact with one another Society for Creative Anachronism (usually shortened to SCA) is a historical re-creation and Living history group founded in 1966 which The short story is a literary genre of Fictional Prose Narrative that tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction such Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American Science fiction Magazine.
Ford left IU and moved to New York to work in the newly-founded Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, where since mid-1978 he published poetry, fiction, articles, and game reviews; although his last non-fiction appeared there in September 1981, he was tenth most frequent contributor for the 1977-2002 period. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Asimov's Science Fiction (ISSN 1065-2698 is an American Science fiction magazine which publishes Science fiction and Fantasy and See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.  About 1990, he moved to Minneapolis.  In addition to writing, he worked at various times as a hospital orderly, computer consultant, slush pile reader, and copy editor. In Publishing, the slush pile is the set of unsolicited Manuscripts either sent directly to the publisher by authors or sent through an agent not known Copy editing (also copy-editing and copyediting) is the editorial work that an editor does to make Formatting changes and improvements to a manuscript 
Ford suffered from complications related to diabetes since childhood and also had renal dysfunction which required dialysis and in 2000, a kidney transplant which improved his quality of life considerably. Diabetes mellitus (ˌdaɪəˈbiːtiːz or /ˌdaɪəˈbiːtəs/ /məˈlaɪtəs/ or /ˈmɛlətəs/ often referred to simply as diabetes ( Ancient Greek: grc The kidneys are complicated organs that have numerous biological roles In Medicine, dialysis (from Greek "dialusis" meaning dissolution "dia" meaning through and "lusis" meaning loosening is primarily 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Kidney transplantation or renal transplantation is the Organ transplant of a Kidney in a patient with End-stage renal disease. He was found dead from natural causes in his Minneapolis home on September 25, 2006 by his partner since the mid-1990s, Elise Matthesen. Events 303 - On a voyage preaching the Gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. He was a prominent member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, which established a John M. For the current library system serving Minneapolis see Hennepin County Library. Ford Book Endowment after his death  with the donations to be used as interest-generating capital for yearly purchase of new books. Interest is a fee paid on borrowed capital Assets lent include Money, Shares, Consumer goods through Hire purchase, major assets
Though Ford's novels varied in setting and style, several were of the Bildungsroman (coming-of-age) type: in Web of Angels, The Final Reflection, Princes of the Air, Growing Up Weightless, and The Last Hot Time, Ford wrote variations on the theme of growing up, learning about one's world and one's place in it, and taking responsibility for it — which involves taking on the power and wisdom to influence events, to help make the world a better place. A bildungsroman (ˈbɪldʊŋsroˌmaːn "novel of formation" is a Novelistic genre that arose during the German Enlightenment (and is regarded by some as The Final Reflection is a 1984 Star Trek tie-in novel by John M
Otherwise, Ford's works are characterized by an aversion to doing things that have been done before. This is perhaps most notable in his two Star Trek novels, The Final Reflection (1984) and How Much for Just the Planet? (1987). The Final Reflection is a 1984 Star Trek tie-in novel by John M How Much for Just the Planet? is a 1987 Star Trek tie-in novel by John M The Final Reflection is the story of a small group of Klingons who prevent a war between the Klingon Empire and the Federation while the regular series characters are relegated to cameo appearances. Klingons ( Klingon: tlhIngan; Pronunciation /ˈt͡ɬɪŋɑn/ are a warrior race in the fictional Star Trek universe Klingons ( Klingon: tlhIngan; Pronunciation /ˈt͡ɬɪŋɑn/ are a warrior race in the fictional Star Trek universe The United Federation of Planets, (also known as the "The Federation" or UFP) is a fictional interplanetary state depicted in the Star Trek (This novel introduced the fictional language Klingonaase. Fictional languages are by far the largest group of Artistic languages Fictional languages are intended to be the languages of a fictional world and are often designed with Klingonaase is a non-canon Fictional language appearing in works by John M ) In How Much for Just the Planet?, the Enterprise crew (without Spock) compete with a Klingon crew for control of a planet, whose colonists are not happy with this and defend their peace in inventive ways, which soon make everything a farce. A farce is a Comedy written for the stage or film which aims to Entertain the audience by means of unlikely extravagant and improbable situations disguise and mistaken Both novels present the Klingons in a more positive light, not just as the token evil menace of the week, while giving strong hints that the United Federation of Planets is not quite the shining utopia of goodwill and interspecies fellowship generally depicted in the television series. The United Federation of Planets, (also known as the "The Federation" or UFP) is a fictional interplanetary state depicted in the Star Trek
Ford avoided repetition not only of the work of others, but also of his own work. Where many writers make a name for themselves by developing a known style that repeats in many books, Ford always surprised with his ability to use a variety of styles that best suited the world, characters, and situations he had chosen to write about. (John Clute expressed this in 1993 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as "Two decades into his career, there remains some sense that JMF remains unwilling or unable to create a definitive style or mode; but his originality is evident, a shifting feisty energy informs almost everything he writes, and that career is still young. John Frederick Clute (1940-) is a Canadian born author and critic who has lived in Britain since 1969 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is a Reference work on Science fiction. ") This might have limited his readership, however he was much respected by his fellow writers, editors, critics and fans. Robert Jordan, Ford's life-long close friend, called Ford "the best writer in America — bar none. Robert Jordan was the Pen name of James Oliver Rigney Jr ( October 17, 1948 &ndash September 16, 2007) under which he " Neil Gaiman called Ford "my best critic … the best writer I knew. Neil Richard Gaiman (ˈgeɪmən (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of Science fiction and Fantasy short stories and " Patrick Nielsen Hayden said "Most normal people had the slight sense that something large and super-intelligent and trans-human had sort of flown over . Patrick James Nielsen Hayden (born Patrick James Hayden January 2, 1959 in Lansing Michigan) often abbreviated as PNH, is an American . . There would be a point where basically the plot would become so knotted and complex he would lose all of us. "
With Darrell Schweitzer and George H. Scithers, Ford co-authored On Writing Science Fiction (The Editors Strike Back!) (1981, Owlswick Press, ISBN 0-913896-19-5; Wildside Press 2000, ISBN 1-880448-78-5), a writers' manual with advice illustrated by short stories that were first sales to IASFM (). Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931, New York New York) is an American Science fiction and Fantasy writer Bantam Spectra is the science-fiction division of Bantam Books, which is owned by Random House. A bildungsroman (ˈbɪldʊŋsroˌmaːn "novel of formation" is a Novelistic genre that arose during the German Enlightenment (and is regarded by some as The Philip K Dick Award is a science fiction award given annually at Norwescon sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and (since 2005 supported NESFA Press is the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc Urban fantasy is a subset of Contemporary fantasy, consisting of magical novels and stories set in contemporary real-world urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Darrell Schweitzer (born August 27, 1952) is an American Writer, editor, and Essayist in the field of Speculative George H Scithers (born 1929 is a Science fiction author and editor. Wildside Press is an independent Publishing company located in Maryland, USA.
Ford published a variety of short fiction and poetry, from short short stories that are essentially fantastic jokes, to novellas revealing a deep understanding of human frailties and emotions. Emma Bull (born 13 December 1954) is a Science fiction and Fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one Will Shetterly (b 1955 is an American Fantasy and Comic book writer best-known for his novel Dogland (1997 Emma Bull (born 13 December 1954) is a Science fiction and Fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one Will Shetterly (b 1955 is an American Fantasy and Comic book writer best-known for his novel Dogland (1997 Emma Bull (born 13 December 1954) is a Science fiction and Fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one Will Shetterly (b 1955 is an American Fantasy and Comic book writer best-known for his novel Dogland (1997 Emma Bull (born 13 December 1954) is a Science fiction and Fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one Will Shetterly (b 1955 is an American Fantasy and Comic book writer best-known for his novel Dogland (1997 Flash fiction is Fiction characterized by its extreme brevity A novella is a written, Fictional Prose Narrative longer than a Novelette but shorter than a Novel. His poem "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station" won the World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction in 1989. The World Fantasy Awards are annual international awards given to authors and artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of Fantasy. This World Fantasy Award is given to the fantasy Short story voted best by a panel of judges and presented each year at the World Fantasy Convention.
Ford published some children's fiction under pseudonyms that he did not make public, and two children's gamebooks under house names Michael J. A pseudonym is a fictitious alternative to a person's legal name (see Alias) A gamebook is a Book that allows the reader to participate in the story by making choices that affect the course of the narrative which branches down various paths through the A pen name, nom de plume, or literary double, is a Pseudonym adopted by an Author or their publishers to conceal their identity Dodge (Star Trek: Voyage to Adventure, 1984) and Milo Dennison (The Case of the Gentleman Ghost, 1985).
Ford plotted three issues of Captain Confederacy alternate history comics in the late 1980s and wrote issue number 10, "Driving North. Captain Confederacy is an alternate history Comic book by Will Shetterly and Vince Stone that was published between 1986 and 1992 Alternate history or alternative history is a subgenre of Speculative fiction (or Science fiction) and Historical fiction Comics (via Latin from the Greek "" kōmikos, of or pertaining to "comedy" from kōmos "revel" "
Ford also contributed to The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time (2001, Tor Books, ISBN 0-312-86936-3), drawing some of the maps. The Wheel of Time (abbreviated by fans to WoT) is a series of epic fantasy novels written by the late American author James Oliver
Ford further wrote Klingon manuals for the Star Trek role-playing game , and a number of RPG articles, which appeared in Autoduel Quarterly, Pyramid, Roleplayer, Space Gamer, and Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society. Traveller is a series of related Science fiction Role-playing games the first published in 1977 by Game Designers' Workshop and subsequent editions Kenneth Hite (born September 15, 1965) is a writer and Role-playing game designer Star Trek The Role Playing Game is a Role-playing game set in the fictional Star Trek universe published and edited by FASA A role-playing game ( RPG; often roleplaying game) is a Game in which the participants assume the roles of Fictional characters. Pyramid is a gaming Magazine, publishing articles primarily on Role-playing games but including Board games Card games
|NAME||Ford, John M. Will Shetterly (b 1955 is an American Fantasy and Comic book writer best-known for his novel Dogland (1997 Neil Richard Gaiman (ˈgeɪmən (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of Science fiction and Fantasy short stories and Steve Jackson (born ~1953 is an American Game designer. After working for many years at Metagaming Concepts designing such games as Ogre Eric Burns is an American media critic and Journalist. Burns was born and raised in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a town approximately 20 Websnark is a website and a Webcomic review on the site The site is a critical and popular culture commentary website and Blog, and the reviews are John Frederick Clute (1940-) is a Canadian born author and critic who has lived in Britain since 1969 The Independent is a British compact Newspaper published by Tony O'Reilly 's Independent News & Media. The Guardian (until 1959 The Manchester Guardian) is a British Newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. David Rowland Langford (born 10 April 1953 is a British author editor and Critic, largely active within the Science fiction field SFX is a British Magazine devoted to Science fiction and Fantasy subjects especially media-related topics but not containing fiction Peg Kerr (born 28 April of undisclosed year is a US Fantasy author LiveJournal (often abbreviated LJ) is a Virtual community where Internet users can keep a Blog, Journal or Diary.|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Ford, Mike; Dr. Mike (nickname)|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 10, 1957|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||East Chicago, Indiana|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 25, 2006|
|PLACE OF DEATH||Minneapolis, Minnesota|