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John M. Ford

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John M. Ford

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Full Name: John Milo Ford
Born: April 10, 1957
East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Died: September 25, 2006
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Occupation: Writer, Game Designer
Nationality: American


John Milo "Mike" Ford was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet. Ford was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and raised in Whiting, Indiana. 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 issue of Analog.

Ford left IU and moved to New York to work on the newly founded Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, where, starting in mid-1978, he published poetry, fiction, articles, and game reviews. Around 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.

Ford wrote two well-known Star Trek tie-in novels, The Final Reflection and How Much for Just the Planet?, which developed a previously-unexplored Klingon culture and introduced the fictional language Klingonaase. His 1983 book The Klingons for FASA's Star Trek role-playing game influenced later Paramount productions.

Ford was regarded as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a popular contributor to several online discussions. 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. At Minicon and other science fiction conventions he would perform "Ask Dr. Mike", giving humorous answers to scientific and other questions in a lab coat before a whiteboard.

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. He was found dead from natural causes in his Minneapolis home in 2006, by his partner since the mid-1990s, Elise Matthesen. He was a prominent member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, which established a John M. Ford Book Endowment after his death with the donations to be used as interest-generating capital for yearly purchase of new books.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 Star Trek: The Original Series

 16. (1984)
 36. (1987)

 Tor Double

 25. (1990)