Reeves-Stevens, Garfield 1953-
REEVES-STEVENS, Garfield 1953-
(Francis Garfield Reeves-Stevens)
PERSONAL: Born 1953; married; wife's name, Judith.
CAREER: Writer, novelist, and television producer.
AWARDS, HONORS: Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, for Dark Matter.
Bloodshift, Virgo Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1981.
Dreamland, McClelland-Bantam (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1985.
Children of the Shroud, Doubleday Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1987.
Nighteyes, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1989.
Dark Matter, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1990.
Shifter ("Chronicles of Galen Sword" series, book 1), Roc (New York, NY), 1990.
Nightfeeder ("Chronicles of Galen Sword" series, book 2), Roc (New York, NY), 1991.
Alien Nation 1: The Day of Descent, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1993.
(With wife, Judith Reeves-Stevens) Icefire, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.
(With Judith Reeves-Stevens) Quicksilver, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1999.
(With Judith Reeves-Stevens) Freefall, Pocket Star (New York, NY), 2005.
"STAR TREK" SERIES; NOVELS; WITH WIFE, JUDITH REEVES-STEVENS
Memory Prime, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1988.
Prime Directive, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1990.
Federation, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1993.
World in Collision (contains Memory Prime and Prime Directive), Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2003.
"CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN KIRK" SERIES; WITH WILLIAM SHATNER AND JUDITH REEVES-STEVENS
The Ashes of Eden, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995, adapted into graphic-novel format, pencilled by Steve Erwin, DC Comics (New York, NY), 1995.
The Return, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.
Avenger, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.
Spectre, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.
Dark Victory, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1999.
Preserver, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.
Captain's Peril, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2002.
Captain's Blood, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2003.
"STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE" SERIES; NOVELS; WITH JUDITH REEVES-STEVENS
The War of the Prophets, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.
Inferno, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.
The Fall of Terok Nor, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.
NONFICTION; WITH WIFE, JUDITH REEVES-STEVENS
The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1994.
The Art of Star Trek, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.
Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.
Star Trek, The Next Generation—The Continuing Mission: A Tenth-Anniversary Tribute, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.
(With Brian Muirhead) Going to Mars: The Stories of the People behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future (nonfiction), Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2004.
SCREENPLAYS; WITH JUDITH REEVES-STEVENS
My Teacher Ate My Homework (based on the book by J. R. Black), Showtime, 1997.
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Fox, 2000.
G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom (animated), Paramount, 2004.
Van Helsing: The London Assignment (animated) Universal, 2004.
Writer, with Judith Reeves-Stevens, of television scripts for series, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, New Line Television, 2000, and Batman (animated series), Warner Bros. Television, 1992–93.
Author's works have been published in translation in France, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russian, Spain, and Ukraine.
ADAPTATIONS: The film Phoenix: The Final Cure was adapted from the novel Bloodshift, 1988. Audiobook adaptations by Simon & Schuster Audioworks include Prime Directive, 1990; Dark Victory, 1999; The Fall of Terok Nor, 2000; Captain's Peril, 2002; and Captain's Blood, 2003.
WORK IN PROGRESS: The "Chronicles of Galen Sword" series, book 3: Dark Hunter.
SIDELIGHTS: Garfield Reeves-Stevens is a widely published novelist, nonfiction writer, and script writer whose print and screen work is mainly in genres such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the thriller. Much of Reeves-Stevens's work is done in collaboration with his wife, Judith Reeves-Stevens, and the couple has also worked extensively within the Star Trek universe as writer as well as co-producers during the fourth season of the Star Trek: Enterprise television series. They also served as staff writers for the second season of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World series; other television development work includes projects for Dreamworks, Universal Television, Landmark entertainment, Nickelodeon, Film Roman, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In Reeves-Stevens's novel Star Trek: Prime Directive, the planet of Talin IV lies blasted and barren, the victim of a nuclear war triggered when Captain James T. Kirk violated the prime directive barring any Federation interference in the normal progress of alien cultures. "Kirk's Planet," as Talin IV has come to be called, a crippled starship Enterprise, and a disgraced crew are not the legacy that Kirk wishes to leave behind. Convinced that there are hidden secrets surrounding the fate of Talin IV, Kirk and his loyal crew search for answers to a deepening mystery in a quest to restore their honor. A Publishers Weekly reviewer commented that while the novel might not appeal to new readers of the series, "Trekies will not be disappointed."
Star Trek: Avenger, written with original Star Trek actor William Shatner, brings together characters from the original television series and characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the novel, a suspicious plague runs amok on a number of Federation worlds, killing human, animal, and plant life alike. Commander Christine McDonald, on a relief mission to the planet Chal, uncovers a disguised Kirk and Spock and a miraculous cure for the plague. Meanwhile, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew work to save the Federation from collapse in the wake of the devastating disease. Inevitably, the mystery brings both legendary captains together to find answers despite their differences. A Publishers Weekly reviewer noted that "true Trekkers should love this romp that brings together old and new friends" from separate Star Trek worlds.
With Icefire, the Reeves-Stevenses shift genres into the realm of the action thriller. When a renegade group of Chinese military officers set off six nuclear warheads half a mile under the Ross Ice Shelf, an expanse of ice the size of France breaks free of the Antarctic shelf. The explosion creates a potentially devastating, tsunami-like displacement wave that heads for heavily populated areas within hours, endangering the lives of millions. It falls to U.S. Navy Seal captain Mitch Webber and oceanographer Cory Rey, estranged and antagonistic lovers, to solve the potentially lethal problem. Booklist reviewer George Cohen called the plot "far-fetched," but noted that the authors "keep the action going at breakneck speed."
Quicksilver, the sequel to Icefire, envisions a terrorist takeover of the Pentagon, the ultimate aim to acquire a devastating satellite-based super weapon, code named Quicksilver. After Midshipman Amy Bethune oversleeps because of a prank and misses the bus intended to take her and her fellow midshipmen to a NATO ceremony at the Pentagon, embarrassment turns to rage when she discovers that her colleagues have been killed. With the knowledge that a group of terrorist commandos have seized control of the Pentagon, Bethune gets inside the building before it is sealed off and joins electronics genius Tom Chase to thwart the terrorists. A Publishers Weekly reviewer commented that "the hair-trigger plot and heroics are gripping, and the mix of formidable but feminine heroines and reluctant heroes adds a new twist to the scenario."
Reeves-Stevens's solo work in the horror genre includes Dark Matter, a novel with thriller and science-fiction elements, in which neurosurgeon Anthony Cross longs to understand the concept of the Beginning, that finite point in the past when everything began and the universe started, "a dreaming visionary moment of pure understanding," noted a critic in St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers. Two murders four years apart, one in Stockholm and one in Los Angeles, in which young victims' skulls are opened and their brains dissected while still alive, suggest that the answers Cross seeks lie within, not outside. Meanwhile, in Stockholm, a brilliant young quantum physicist has just signed on with a shadowy American corporation that hires him to pursue his research in Los Angeles. Police investigate the latest murder, secret government agents lurk, and the quantum nature of reality is set against the conflicting desires of opposing forces. Ultimately, the book is "a novel about a man with his heart set on the Void," with whatever it is, good or bad, that lies beyond the limits of human understanding, the essayist continued. Sybil Steinberg, writing in Publishers Weekly, commented that "while it is difficult to categorize this wide-ranging novel … few readers will be able to put it down."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998.
Booklist, July 1, 1998, George Cohen, review of Icefire, p. 1670; April 1, 1999, Ray Olson, review of Quicksilver, p. 1366.
Publishers Weekly, July 27, 1990, Sybil Steinberg, review of Star Trek: Prime Directive, p. 226; August 24, 1990, Sybil Steinberg, review of Dark Matter, p. 55; April 21, 1997, review of Star Trek: Avenger, p. 64; April 26, 1999, review of Quicksilver, p. 56.
AllReaders.com, http://www.allreaders.com/ (April 21, 2005), Harriet Klausner, review of Freefall.
Garfield Reeve-Stevens Home Page, http://www.reeves-stevens.com (April 21, 2005).