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David F. Bischoff was born on December 15, 1951 and earned his B.A. in English and
Television, Radio and Film from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1973.
As a science fiction/fantasy author, his works were published in such science fiction
periodicals as Omni, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Fantastic. He
also provided short stories for anthologies, including the Chrysalis and Omni series
of science fiction anthologies, and Dead End: City Limits, an anthology of urban horror.
He wrote the novelizations for several films - The Blob, War Games, The Manhattan
Project, and Some Kind of Wonderful - and he ghost-wrote a large part of the novel
Excalibur, attributed to John Jakes.
Bischoff has published many of his own novels, including The UFO Conspiracy trilogy,
The Gaming Magi trilogy, The Star Hounds series, Mandala, Nightworld, Vampires of
Nightworld, The Crunch Bunch, Phantom, Personal Demon, Search for Dinosaurs, Star
Fall and Star Spring, and Dying to Know. In addition, he co-authored several books
with a variety of writers: Tin Woodman with Dennis Russell Bailey, The Seeker with
Chris Lampton, The Judas Cross and The Selkie with Charles Sheffield, the Dragonstar
trilogy with Thomas Monteleone, and Bill, the Galactic Hero Part 3 with Harry Harrison.
Bischoff has led writing workshops at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, worked
at NBC Washington, and was the Associate Editor for Amazing Stories and Fantastic
(1975-1979). He also served as Editor of Stardate Magazine (1985-1986) and as Associate
Editor of SF Eye. He edited the children's science fiction anthologies Quest, Strange
Encounters, and Far Out, and was an active member of the Science Fiction Writers Association,
organizing science fiction conventions in the Washington, DC area.
Bischoff usually wrote under obvious variations of this given name, including David
Frederick Bischoff, David F. Bischoff, David Bischoff, and Dave Bischoff. He also
used the pseudonyms Frederick Bishop, Jeremy Bishop, Margot Bishop, Franklin W. Dixon,
K.M. *D*nn*ll, James Fesler, MacDonald Fesler, Jeff Hammer, Michelle Harvey, Charity
Lovelace, Michael F.X. Milhaus, and Oliver Nathaniel. Although he wrote mainly in
the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, he also wrote Christian/inspirational
and humorous stories.
This collection is organized into 7 series.
MSS 1991-14; This collection was donated by David F. Bischoff on May 3, 1991.
Processed by Jeff Karr.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
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Finding aid available. Container list available in collection folder.
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll007.php
Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Bischoff, David, 1951-
Bischoff, David, 1951- -- Archives
Science fiction, American -- 20th century
Fantasy fiction, American -- 20th century
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