|I wrote 12 books based on the TV series "The Outer Limits". The first two were taken from episodes of the series and the rest were originals. As I was allowed to write pretty much anything I liked, some of these stories were quite wild! My editor on the series was Jonathan Schmidt, who later became a writer himself. The terrific covers were all created by Peter Bollinger.
The Zanti Misfits, TOR Books, 1997
Ben Garth and Lisa Lawrence are bank robbers on the run from the police. But they stumble into the middle of a protected area and witness the landing of alien creatures - creatures that threaten to destroy the world if they're at all interfered with...
This was an episode of the Sixties series that still gives me chills. A terrific story with scary effects. I couldn't resist the chance to turn it into a book.
The Choice, TOR Books, 1997
Aggie Travers has strange powers she's having trouble controlling. She's befriended by a substitute teacher, Karen. But a Government agent is after Karen - children she's helped before have vanished.
This was my favorite episode from the Nineties revival series, so it was the other TV episode I novelized.
The Time Shifter, TOR Books, 1997
Brandon Mooney has just met - himself! Or so the old man claims.He says he's Brandon come back in time to avert the terrible disaster that will overtake his world. But Brandon soon discovers that the true menace to the future might be - him.
I can't resist time travel stories, and I get annoyed at the ones that get the idea of changing time all messed up. So this was my take on films like The Terminator.
The Lost, TOR Books, 1997
Stacy Harvey sees problems when kids in her town start changing into perfect little citizens overnight. They're listening to middle-of-the-road music and even studying. Naturally the adults think this is great, but Stacy is convinced there's something evil afoot.
This was probably my favorite of the series. It's paranoid and has a really appropriate and nasty ending... The cover was so good that TOR used it for posters they produced to promote the books.
The Invaders, TOR Books, 1998
Everyone knows that dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. So why are they now being spotted in the desert? And why are people getting sick and then changing?
This was my response to Jurassic Park - what if the dinosaurs themselves knew they were going extinct and had a plan to handle it?
The Innocent, TOR Books, 1998
All of the adults on the planet Tarshish have been killed off. Only the children, protected by a sentient computer, have survived. But can they work together to create a new world? And what will happen when more adults arrive?
Jonathan asked me for a Lord Of The Flies type of story. Being an optimist, I came up with a positive spin on the idea, where the kids actually do better than the adults - at least for a while.
The Vanished, TOR Books, 1998
Nick Morgenthau wakes one morning to find himself alone - really alone. Everyone else on the planet seems to have vanished. He treks to New York, figuring any other survivors will be there - and if he's lucky answers to what has happened.
An old staple of English TV was of people waking to find the town empty for various reasons. Those images of places being abandoned stuck with me and led to this story.
The Nightmare, TOR Books, 1998
Cassie Wilson discovers that her dreams are starting to come true. When that begins to include her nightmares it gets really scary - especially since she's dreaming about the end of the world.
Probably the least successful of the series, the idea for this book came from Jonathan. It didn't quite grip my imagination and so this is a weaker book than the rest.
Beware The Metal Children, TOR Books, 1999
Roger is a robot shaped to appear 12. He attends school, but is never allowed to graduate from seventh grade. When normal children stop being born, resentment with the metal children seizes the surviving humans.
This was my homage to Clifford D. Simak, one of my favorite authors (City should be required reading in all schools!). His tales are always gentle and character-based. This one came about as I thought every kid's nightmare must be to have to repeat the same grade over and over again - forever. Oh, and the title wasn't my choice! I just called this The Children.
Alien Invaders From Hollyweird, TOR Books, 1999
There's an alien invasion movie filming in town, but Malanie and Jeff discover that they're not special effects - the aliens are real, and using the movie as cover. But what is it that they're truly after?
Not my title again - I called it The Blockbuster. I'd just seen Independence Day and was struck by the thought that aliens could hide by pretending to be fake aliens...
The Payback, TOR Books, 1999
An animal experiment goes disastrously wrong when animals gain an infectious brain enhancement that enables them to think and talk - and act. It's time for the human race to discover what the rest of nature really thinks of us.
As a dog owner, I often wondered what the dogs thought of the whole business - especially the horrible names some of them are inflicted with. Would they love us for our treatment of them? Then what about cows? Or zoo animals?
The Change, TOR Books, 1999
Lucas Wright lives on a space station with his family. It's suddenly invaded by alien creatures who infect the humans and place them in embryonic sacs - changing them into what?
This came out of watching movies like Alien, where monsters attack. I just liked the idea that what they seem to be doing is not quite what is actually happening at all.