John M. Ford
Name: John M. Ford
Occupation: Writer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: April 10, 1957
Death Date: September 25, 2006(2006-09-25) (aged 49)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Age: Aged 49
Birth Place: East Chicago, United States
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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John M. Ford

John M. Ford was born on April 10, 1957 in East Chicago, United States (49 years old). John M. Ford is a Writer, zodiac sign: Taurus. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

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# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Elise Matthesen Partner N/A N/A N/A

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As per our current Database, John M. Ford died on September 25, 2006(2006-09-25) (aged 49)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.


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Ford left IU and moved to New York to work on the newly founded Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, where, starting in mid-1978, he published poetry, fiction, articles, and game reviews. Although his last non-fiction appeared there in September 1981, he was tenth most frequent contributor for the 1977–2002 period. About 1990, he moved to Minneapolis. In addition to writing, he worked at various times as a hospital orderly, computer consultant, slush pile reader, and copy editor.


Ford's 1983 book The Klingons for FASA's Star Trek role-playing game influenced later Paramount productions. Ford authored the award-winning adventure The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues (1985) for West End Games' Paranoia role-playing game.


Ford used a variety of styles to suit the world, characters, and situations he chose to write about. Author and critic John Clute wrote in the 1993 Encyclopedia of Science Fiction that "two decades into his career, there remains some sense that JMF remains unwilling or unable to create a definitive style or mode; but his originality is evident, a shifting feisty energy informs almost everything he writes, and that career is still young." Ford always surprised with his ability to use a variety of styles that best suited the world, characters, and situations he had chosen to write about. As an example of his originality, in the comedic How Much for Just the Planet?, the Enterprise crew compete with a Klingon crew for control of a planet, whose colonists are not happy with this and defend their peace in inventive ways, which soon make everything a farce, including a Vaudevillian pie fight. The book includes song lyrics that satirize many 20th century stage musicals.


Ford suffered from complications related to diabetes since childhood and also had renal dysfunction which required dialysis and, in 2000, a kidney transplant, which improved his quality of life considerably. He was found dead from natural causes in his Minneapolis home on September 25, 2006, by his partner since the mid-1990s, Elise Matthesen. He was a prominent member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, which established a John M. Ford Book Endowment after his death with the donations to be used as interest-generating capital for yearly purchase of new books.


It was announced in November 2019 that Tor Books had reached an agreement with Ford's family to reissue all his published works, starting in 2020 with The Dragon Waiting.

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