(1943- ) US author whose first novel, The Planet Masters (1979), is set on a strangely ornate and enervated colony planet, where a human adventurer is searching for an artefact whose discovery may expose the secret behind the world's palpable Decadence; Star God (1980) describes a man's search for Religion in a Space Opera environment. The Richard Braeth sequence, comprising Jewels of the Dragon (1986), Crown of the Serpent (1989) and The Lair of the Cyclops (1992), focuses on the protagonist's quest for his lost father on an outback planet called Kohltri, where a Wild West atmosphere, and a plethora of mysterious ruins, engenders a raw Planetary Romance ambience; in the background is the chance he may discover the secret behind the disappearance of a cyclopean race native to this world. The Eye in the Stone (1988) is a fantasy.
Wold also composed some "V" Ties: "V": The Pursuit of Diana (1984), "V": The Crivit Experiment (1985) and "V": Below the Threshold (1988). In the 1980s, he published some early nonfiction texts on Computers and AIs, beginning with The Science of Artificial Intelligence (1984) with Fred D'Ignazio. [JC]
Allen Lester Wold
born Benton Harbor, Michigan: 8 December 1943
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