Keith, William H, Jr

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(1950-    ) US author who has specialized in Military SF sequences, often Tied to Games or other proprietary worlds; it is presumed that those written for enterprises like the Wargame Battletech are Sharecrops. He is efficient and prolific, but relatively little individual characteristics manifest themselves. Though his very frequent use of pseudonyms – some of them with his brother, Andrew Keith, some of them not necessarily revealed, as well as his work as a ghostwriter – makes it hard to establish his first publications, he may have begun publishing work of genre interest with BattleTech: Decision at Thunder Rift (1986), the first of six contributions to that world. The Freedom's Rangers sequence – all with Andrew Keith (whom see for details) under the joint pseudonym Keith William Andrews – is of some interest, as is the Warstrider sequence, in which humanity must fight back against an enemy force from the stars inimical to all life (see Fred Saberhagen for his seminal Berserker sequence). Other Military SF sequences include: the Heritage books beginning with Semper Mars (1998) as by Ian Douglas, in which the discovery of Alien artefacts in the solar system stirs up trouble, and gives hints of the origin of our species; and the Legacy books beginning with Star Corps (2003) as by Ian Douglas, in which Aliens cause interstellar problems. The Cybernarc sequence beginning with Cybernarc (1991) as by Robert Cain (a House Name) is about a Cyborg detective. [JC]

see also: Traveller.

William H Keith Jr

born 8 August 1950

died

works

series

Doctor Who

BattleTech

Freedom's Rangers

Cybernarc

Buck Rogers

Warstrider

Heritage

  • Semper Mars (New York: AvonEos, 1998) as by Ian Douglas [Heritage: pb/Paul Stinson]
  • Luna Marine (New York: AvonEos, 1999) as by Ian Douglas [Heritage: pb/Paul Stinson]
  • Europa Strike (New York: AvonEos, 2000) as by Ian Douglas [Heritage: pb/Paul Stinson]

Frontier Earth

  • Frontier Earth (New York: Ace Books, 1999) as by Bruce Boxleitner [ghost-written for the actor: Frontier Earth: pb/Cliff Miller]
  • Searcher (New York: Ace Books, 2001) as by Bruce Boxleitner [ghost-written for the actor: Frontier Earth: pb/Cliff Miller]

Bolo

  • Bolo Brigade (New York: Baen Books, 1997) [tie to the Bolo series by Keith Laumer: pb/C W Kelly]
  • Bolo Rising (New York: Baen Books, 1998) [tie to the Bolo series by Keith Laumer: pb/Charles Keegan]
  • Bolo Strike (New York: Baen Books, 2001) [tie to the Bolo series by Keith Laumer: pb/Dru Blair]

Legacy

  • Star Corps (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2003) as by Ian Douglas [Legacy: pb/]
  • Battlespace (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2006) as by Ian Douglas [Legacy: pb/]
  • Star Marines (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2007) as by Ian Douglas [Legacy: pb/]

Retief

Inheritance

  • Star Strike (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2008) as by Ian Douglas [Inheritance: pb/Fred Gambino]
  • Galactic Corps (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2008) as by Ian Douglas [Inheritance: pb/Fred Gambino]
  • Semper Human (New York: HarperCollins/Eos, 2009) as by Ian Douglas [Inheritance: pb/Fred Gambino]

Star Carrier

Star Corpsman

  • Bloodstar (New York: Harper Voyager, 2012) as by Ian Douglas [Star Corpsman: pb/Fred Gambino]
  • Abyss Deep (New York: Harper Voyager, 2013) as by Ian Douglas [Star Corpsman: pb/Fred Gambino]

Andromedan Dark

  • Altered Starscape (New York: Harper Voyager, 2016) as by Ian Douglas [Andromedan Dark: pb/Gregory Bridges]

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