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Abnett, Dan
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Barnes, Steven
Baum, L. Frank
Bear, Greg
Bendis, Brian Michael
Bischoff, David
Bisson, Terry
Blackman, Haden
Bova, Ben
Bowen, Carl
Brooks, Terry
Canavan, Trudi
Card, Orson Scott
Chadwick, Paul
Clarke, Arthur C.
Clarke, Susanna
Clemens, James
Collins, Paul
Crichton, Michael
Crispin, A. C.
Cunningham, Elaine
Daley, Brian
David, Peter
DeMatteis, J. M.
Denning, Troy
Dick, Philip K.
Dickens, Charles
Dietz, William C.
Dixon, Chuck
Donaldson, Stephen
Eddings, David
Edginton, Ian
Elrod, P. N.
Erikson, Steven
Feist, Raymond E.
Foster, Alan Dean
Fraction, Matt
Furman, Simon
Gaiman, Neil
Gemmell, David A.
Gerber, Michael
Gibbons, Dave
Golden, Christopher
Goodkind, Terry
Goodwin, Archie
Graham, Mitchell
Grant, Alan
Green, Jonathan
Green, Laurence
Guggenheim, Marc
Hagberg, David
Hambly, Barbara
Hamilton, Laurell K.
Hand, Elizabeth
Harras, Bob
Harrison, Mick
Heinlein, Robert A.
Herbert, Frank
Herbert, James
Hine, David
Hobb, Robin
Howard, Robert E.
Jacques, Brian
James, Charlie Hamilton
Jenkins, Paul
Jeter, K. W.
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Jones, J. V.
Jordan, Robert
Jurgens, Dan
Karpyshyn, Drew
Kennedy, Mike
Kerr, Katharine
Keyes, Greg
King, Stephen
King, William
Knaak, Richard A.
Kube-McDowell, Michael P.
Lawhead, Stephen
Layman, John
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Lewis, C. S.
Lieberman, A. J.
Loeb, Jeph
Lorey, Dean
Lowder, James
Luceno, James
Lumley, Brian
Macan, Darko
Manning, Russ
Martin, George R. R.
Marz, Ron
Matheson, Richard
McCaffrey, Anne
McIntosh, Neil
McIntyre, Vonda
Michelinie, David
Millar, Mark
Miller, John Jackson
Miller, Karen
Milligan, Peter
Moench, Doug
Moesta, Rebecca
Moore, Alan
Nicholls, Stan
Nicieza, Fabian
Nylund, Eric
O'Neil, Dennis
Ostrander, John
Paolini, Christopher
Perry, S. D.
Perry, Steve
Pratchett, Terry
Pullman, Philip
Quinn, David
Reaves, Michael
Reed, A. W.
Reed, Brian
Rice, Anne
Richardson, Nancy
Roberts, Adam
Rowe, Matthew
Rowling, J. K.
Rubio, Kevin
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
Salvatore, R.A.
Shelley, Mary
Shultz, Mark
Simone, Gail
Simonson, Louise
Simonson, Walter
Smith, L. Neil
Spurrier, Simon
Stackpole, Michael A.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stewart, Sean
Stoker, Bram
Stover, Matthew
Straczynski, J. Michael
Stradley, Randy
Strnad, Jan
Sutcliff, Rosemary
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Traviss, Karen
Truman, Tim
Turtledove, Harry
Tyers, Kathy
van Belkom, Edo
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Wagner, John
Watson, Jude
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The Books of Randy Stradley

Born near Boston, Massachusetts, Randy Stradley works as a writer and editor for Dark Horse Comics.
Average Review Score: 4.3 out of 5 (3 books)

Aliens Versus Predator
(Graphic Novel with art by Phill Norwood, Chris Warner, Karl Story and Robert Campanella)
Frankly, someone deserves a medal for services to popular culture.  What an awesome concept!  The Predators are seeding worlds with Alien eggs in order to set up a good hunt, but they inadvertantly seed a world populated by a small colony of humans and the horror begins.  Somehow, Stradley manages to exactly capture the tense, almost gothic, feeling of both movie franchises and combine them into one of the best stories ever written for comics.  The beasties themselves are captured perfectly with the Predators showing their odd but inflexible sense of honour and the Aliens being the unstoppable and innumerable menace that they were in 'Aliens' the movie.  The main human character is also a perfect fit for the story, with Machiko being a strong and savvy business woman who rises to a challenge, even when there is little hope.  As far as I'm concerned, I've only ever read one graphic novel that was better (Dave Gibbons' 'Batman Vs. Predator').  It will always irritate and bewilder me as to why they didn't use this book as the basis for the 'AVP' movie.
5 out of 5
Aliens Vs Predator: War
(Graphic Novel with art by Jim Hall, Mark Heike, Phill Norwood, Mike Manley, Javier Saltares, Chris Warner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Ricardo Villagran)
The follow up to the original 'Aliens Versus Predator'.  The book begins by reestablishing the nature of the hunter/hunted relationship of the two main alien species.  It then moves on to tell the story of a squad of Colonial Marines who are sent to the abandoned planet Ryushi (from the first book) and find themselves caught between the Aliens and the Predators.  Then the story returns to Machiko Noguchi, the heroine of the first book, who is struggling to be accepted in the Predators' brutal culture.  When another human colony is infected by the Aliens and is then attacked by the Predators, Machiko decides it is time to intervene on behalf of her own species.  Much of what is on offer here is stuff we saw in the first 'AvP' book, however, where this book comes into it's own is showing us how Machiko handles the culture shock of life with the Predators.  I really like her as a protagonist as she's got a tough and stubborn charm.  Overall though, this is just an echo of the first book's greatness.
3 out of 5
Star Wars: Jedi Council - Acts Of War
(Graphic Novel with art by Davide Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia)
Set a year and a half before Episode I, this book tells of the Jedi confrontation with the warlike Yinchorri.  It's lightsaber-swinging action all the way here as three Jedi teams (including familiar faces like Mace Windu, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon) enter Yinchorri space in an attempt to find the aliens' headquarters.  Meanwhile, a group of Yinchorri take the fight into the Jedi Temple itself but find themselves facing resistance led by a certain little green fella.  This is a great little Old Republic adventure, capitalising well on the dynamic feel of the Jedi in the prequel era.  This capitalisation is made all the better by the art which is smooth and colourful, an element which works particularly well where lightsabers are involved.  Just for the fans, there's an early appearance by the rogue Vilmarh 'Villie' Grahrk as well as the background to the Imperial Guard training world seen in 'Crimson Empire'.
5 out of 5

If you liked Stradley:
Then you should enjoy 'Crimson Empire' and 'Crimson Empire II', cowritten with Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson.

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