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John Helfer
John Helfers is an author and editor currently living in Green Bay, Wisconsin.During his sixteen years working at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), he co-edited more than twenty short story anthologies, as well as overseeing many others for publishers in all... show more



John Helfers is an author and editor currently living in Green Bay, Wisconsin.During his sixteen years working at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), he co-edited more than twenty short story anthologies, as well as overseeing many others for publishers in all genres. He has worked with many well-known authors and co-editors, including Lawrence Block, Larry Bond, Elizabeth George, Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, Nelson DeMille, Charlaine Harris, John Jakes, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, Walter J. Boyne, Harold W. Coyle, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis, Kevin J. Anderson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Max Allan Collins. He has also edited more than forty novels by such authors as Doug Allyn, Brendan DuBois, James Patrick Hunt, and Jean Rabe.He has also published more than forty short stories in anthologies such as If I Were An Evil Overlord, Time Twisters, and Places to Be, People to Kill. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. He has written both fiction and nonfiction, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone™ television series, the YA novel Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers: Cloak and Dagger, and a history of the United States Navy. He also wrote three novels in the Room 59™ espionage series for Gold Eagle/Worldwide Publishing (including the launch book, The Powers That Be) and has written novels in their Deathlands™ and Mack Bolan/Executioner™ series.His essays on the military have appeared in Beyond Shock and Awe, edited by U.S. Navy SEAL founder Eric Haney, and in the Civil War and World War II volumes of the How to Lose a War series. His most recent nonfiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion (co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl) a guide to the science fictional world of award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the original Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origins Award for Best Game-Related Publication. He's also appeared on writing and editorial panels at national conventions, including GenCon, Love Is Murder, and the World Science Fiction Convention.Currently he's working on several tie-in and original projects in both the adult and YA genres. He also operates Stonehenge Art & Word, an editorial and literary fiction management company, which has worked with Mercedes Lackey on her first Elemental Masters shared-world anthology.

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mattries37315
mattries37315 rated it 1 year ago
The short story anthology Legends edited by Margaret Weis, the first collection of the Tales from the Eternal Archives, contains almost twenty stories of near above average quality loosing connected to one another through a mystical library, titular Eternal Archives. Although the majority of the ni...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
As Lackey explained in her introduction, her very first sale was to one of the Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover anthologies. MZB is best known for her Avalon novels, but what I loved was her Darkover series, and in fact the very first story I read by Lackey was that short story in MZB's universe, ""...
Barbara's Booky Blog
Barbara's Booky Blog rated it 6 years ago
I needed a non-fiction book from each of the major Dewey Decimal classifications and this is the only one I could stomach from the 800-899 - LITERATURE classification. Unfortunately there wasn't anything special about it. All the stories have been told hundreds of times and nothing in this antholog...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 6 years ago
This is a very mixed bag of stories, all clever and all interesting. These take a twist on the stories of fairy tale, taking a more crime oriented look at these stories. Many of them are clever and interesting but some of them are a litle laboured, trying to twist the story a little too much to fi...
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 9 years ago
I found this for a dollar, and I do really love the grandeur of sci-fi stories that involve actually going far out into space, so I gave it a read. It's too bad it isn't better known, because there's a lot of really good stories in here, and they were all written expressly for this collection.I real...
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