Title: David F. Bischoff papers
Call Number: Coll007
Creator: Bischoff, David, 1951-
Dates: 1970-1991
Size: 17 boxes (20 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: This collection centers on David Bischoff's work as a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer. Over 800 manuscripts are included, along with correspondence and other personal papers.
Citation: David F. Bischoff papers, Collection 7, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

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.

Scope & Content


This collection is organized into 8 series.


  1. Personal Papers
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuals/Correspondence for Book & TV Series
  4. Manuscripts by Bischoff
  5. Stardate [Correspondence, manuscripts, and records]
  6. Manuscripts by Others
  7. Oversize Materials
  8. Oversize and Miscellany

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

MSS 1991-14; This collection was donated by David F. Bischoff on May 3, 1991.

Processing Note

Processed by Jeff Karr.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available. Container list available in collection folder.

Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll007.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.

Subject Headings


Bischoff, David, 1951-


Bischoff, David, 1951- -- Archives

Science fiction, American -- 20th century

Fantasy fiction, American -- 20th century

Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I. Personal Papers

    Extent: 93 folders (2.5 linear feet)

    Box: 1-2

  2. Series II. Correspondence

    Extent: 11 folders (.5 linear feet)

    Box: 2-3

  3. Series III. Manuals/Correspondence for Book & TV Series

    Extent: 4 folders (.2 linear feet)

    Box: 3

  4. Series IV. Manuscripts by Bischoff

    Extent: 526 folders (12.75 linear feet)

    Box: 3-12

  5. Series V. Stardate

    Extent: 156 folders (1.25 linear feet)

    Description: Correspondence, manuscripts, and records.

    Box: 13

  6. Series VI. Manuscripts by Others

    Extent: 130 folders (2.25 linear feet)

    Box: 14-15

  7. Series VII. Oversize Materials

    Extent: 42 folders (.5 linear feet)

    Box: 16

  8. Series VIII. Oversize and Miscellany

    Box: 17

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