(1930- ) US writer and professor of English. He began his career as a mainstream novelist in 1966, switching to sf in the early 1970s. After a number of sf novels, and at the prompting of an editor, he decided to try his hand at Genre Fantasy with two sequences: the dark-toned Iron Angel series, about three brothers on a magical Quest – Ironbrand (1980), Graymantle (1981), Kingsbane (1982) and The Time of the Annihilator (1985) – and the determinedly lighthearted Kedrigern series, about a reluctant Wizard and his family and friends – A Voice for Princess (1986), The Questing of Kedrigern (1987), Kedrigern in Wanderland (1988), Kedrigern and the Charming Couple (1990) and A Remembrance for Kedrigern (1990). Also of fantasy interest is his sf novel The Mansions of Space (1983), about a future search through space for the Holy Shroud. Although proficient, JM's work in either mode has made no major impact. [DP]
Other work: Other Stories (coll 1983).