(1943- ) US author and journalist. He began publishing sf with Sleeping Planet (July-September 1964 Analog; 1965), which very competently tells a hard-edged tale of conflict between the small Terran Federation and the huge Llralan Empire. The Llralans, having undeserved access to a narcotic dust, spray the Earth, putting all but a very few humans to sleep (see Invasion); in the best Astounding manner – the book's resemblance to the work of Eric Frank Russell is striking – they are ultimately sent packing by a mixture of resourcefulness and bluff. A later series, the Bloodsport books comprising Bloodsport (1998) and Blood Lines (1998) – follows the spoofish Space Opera big-game hunter and his Cyborg sidekick. Still more recently, A Matter of Logistics 1 (2013) opens the two-book sequence A Matter of Logistics, a tale of future space War and Alien infiltration of Earth. This, Burkett records, is expanded from an unpublished 1968 novella submitted to Analog, which John W Campbell Jr insisted should be developed at novel length. [JC/DRL]
see also: Stunner.
William Ray Burkett Jr
born Augusta, Georgia: 31 August 1943
A Matter of Logistics
- Sleeping Planet (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1965) [hb/Thomas Chibbaro]
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