Tim Sullivan (writer)

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Tim Sullivan
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Sullivan at his house in South Miami, Florida in 2010
BornTimothy Robert Sullivan
(1948-06-09) June 9, 1948 (age 75)
Bangor, Maine
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • film director
Genre Science fiction, horror fiction, fantasy fiction, satire
Subject Extraterrestrial life; astrophysics; the Future; Dinosaurs
Literary movementSavage Humanism [1]

Timothy Robert Sullivan, who more commonly uses the name Tim Sullivan, is an American science fiction novelist, screenwriter, actor, film director and short story writer.


Many of his stories have been critically acknowledged and reprinted. His short story "Zeke," a tragedy about an extraterrestrial stranded on Earth, has been translated into German [2] and was a finalist for the 1982 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. [3] "Under Glass" (2011), a well-reviewed semi-autobiographical short story with occult hints, has been translated into Chinese and is the basis for a screenplay by director/actor Ron Ford. "Yeshua's Dog" (2013), similarly, has been optioned for translation into Chinese.

Early life

Tim Sullivan was born on June 9, 1948, in Bangor, Maine, [4] the son of Charles Edward Sullivan, a United States Postal Service worker (born February 2, 1923), and Lillian Hope Fitzgerald Sullivan (b. March 31, 1924), a stay-at-home mother who raised their children, Charles ("Charlie") Edward Sullivan, Jr., and Timothy. Sullivan later wrote short stories about his father, including "Hawk on a Flagpole" (2000) and "The Memory Cage" (2014).

Tim and Charlie developed a love of genre fiction from their father, who brought home for them books and comics ranging from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Vladimir Nabokov to Mad magazine . Tim shared these with his neighbors, who included Richard Tozier (who has become a jazz radio personality at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, [5] and who is featured in three Stephen King novels, It , Dreamcatcher and 11/22/63 [6] ). These show the strong ties among friendships born in Bangor, and Sullivan and Tozier retain a lifelong friendship. The Sullivan brothers attended John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, as did Tozier. Timothy's older brother, Charlie (1946–1967), a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, died in battle in the Vietnam War. [7]

When Sullivan's father died in 1968, Sullivan and his mother moved to Lake Worth, Florida. Tim Sullivan briefly attended Miami Dade Community College. Later, while studying English literature at Florida Atlantic University, he made a lifelong friendship with Professor Robert A. Collins. Sullivan earned a bachelor's degree while at FAU. Sullivan helped Dr. Collins create what has become the prestigious International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA; originally called Swanncon in honor of fantasy author and former FAU professor Thomas Burnett Swann). Sullivan began but did not complete postgraduate education.

Sullivan lived in Florida from 1968 to 1983, then in Philadelphia, and in the Washington, D.C. area. [8] He moved to southern California in 1988, where he lived for the next twelve years.


Sullivan has written several novels and many more short stories. He has scripted, directed, and starred in microbudget films in the genres of science fiction and horror, often with his friend Ron Ford. Among his day jobs, Sullivan has worked in construction, in a bookstore, in a library, in a liquor store and other retail sites, [9] as a night guard, as a taxicab driver, and with helping and teaching the mentally challenged.


Sullivan edited a horror anthology for Avon Books, Tropical Chills, in 1988. Sullivan also published his first novel, Destiny's End, in 1988. This science fiction novel was followed by The Parasite War in 1989, The Martian Viking in 1991, and Lords of Creation in 1992, and another horror anthology, Cold Shocks (Avon, 1991), among other books.

He befriended Michael Dirda, a chief book reviewer for The Washington Post and, as a result of that friendship, in the 1980s and 1990s Sullivan wrote commissioned reviews of dozens of books for The Washington Post, the Washington Post Book World, and USA Today . Among the fiction and nonfiction he reviewed are included: Kathleen Ann Goonan's The Bones of Time; [10] a review of a novel by Walter Jon Williams, Metropolitan , which Sullivan characterized as highly readable "due largely to pungent characterization and persuasive dialogue"; and Allen Steele's novel The Tranquillity Alternative (1995), which he praised in the same issue of Book World. [11]

He has used different versions of his name while publishing fiction: Timothy Robert Sullivan, Timothy R. Sullivan, and Tim Sullivan.


Sullivan began his career in film in a collaboration with S. P. Somtow, entitled The Laughing Dead (1989); Sullivan plays a priest losing his faith, Father O'Sullivan, who becomes possessed by a Mayan god of death. [12] Throughout the 1990s, he scripted, directed and acted in several low-budget science fiction and horror films, most notably Twilight of the Dogs (1995) and Hollywood Mortuary (1998), both of which have become cult favorites.

John Clute writes that Sullivan "concentrated for almost a decade on an acting career, though he began to publish short stories again in 2000." [4]

Personal life

Tim Sullivan with his cat Mischka in his back yard in 2011. Tim Sullivan and Mischka.jpg
Tim Sullivan with his cat Mischka in his back yard in 2011.

After graduating from college, Sullivan lived for many years in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Southern California. He has not married and has no children. In 2000, Sullivan moved to South Florida to care for his ailing mother who died in 2004. In 2003, he moved to South Miami, Florida to share a house with Fiona Kelleghan.

Sullivan is an atheist. He is a constant reader; his bookshelf is filled with science fiction favorites, but also with the works of science popularizers, biographies, and histories. He maintains a Facebook page.

Literary friendships

Sullivan has been roommates with fantasy authors S. P. Somtow in Alexandria, Virginia and Gregory Frost in Philadelphia. He became friends with several Clarion Workshop graduates, such as Kim Stanley Robinson. He has long been friends with Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann, Pat Cadigan, John Kessel, James Patrick Kelly, John Grant, and Michael Swanwick. [1]

He is part of a group of writers named the "Savage Humanists" by anthologist Fiona Kelleghan. [1]

Sullivan has been tuckerized in the novels of many science fiction writers, including Sharon Webb.



TitleYearISBN of first editionMain characterNotes
The Florida Project1985 ISBN   0-523-42430-2 Number 5 of the V novels. In this novel, Sullivan tuckerized a number of his friends in the Washington Science Fiction Association (using their names as characters).
The New England Resistance1985 ISBN   0-523-42467-1 Number 9 of the V novels.
To Conquer the Throne1987 ISBN   0-8125-5727-1 Number 13 of the V novels.
Destiny's End1988 ISBN   0-3807-5352-9 DelesAn exile on the distant planet of Sripha must discover the secrets of his family and his past. A science fiction novel based on Greek mythology. On the first page of the novel, Sullivan tuckerized his friend Gardner Dozois in the phrase "the garden world of Doazwah." [13]
The Parasite War1989 ISBN   0-330-10597-3 Alex WardA story of alien invasion.
The Dinosaur Trackers1991 ISBN   0-06-106053-4 Co-written by Sullivan, Arthur Byron Cover, John Gregory Betancourt; cover art by Kevin Johnson. Number 4 in the series Robert Silverberg's Time Tours.
The Martian Viking1991 ISBN   0-3807-5814-8 Johnsmith BiberkopfAn adventure novel about Mars, Vikings, dreams, and hallucinations.
Lords of Creation1992 ISBN   0-380-76284-6 David AlbeeA paleontologist faces struggles with dinosaurs, extraterrestrial aliens, and a televangelist.

Short fiction

Anthologies edited

Tropical Chills (1988) ( ISBN   0-3807-5500-9)

The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984–1998 described Tropical Chills as "Highly recommended." [14]

It was republished in German as Heisse Angst (Droemer Knaur, 1990), translated by Marcel Bieger. ( ISBN   3-426-01836-5)

Cold Shocks (1991) ( ISBN   0-3807-5500-9)

John Clute wrote that these two anthologies, "composed of carefully selected original and reprinted material, mostly horror, demonstrate Sullivan's editorial acuteness." [4]

Stories [15]
TitleYearFirst publishedReprinted/collectedNotes
Anomaly Station2014Sullivan, Tim (December 2014). "Anomaly Station". Asimov's Science Fiction. 38 (12): 68–106.Novella




1989The Laughing DeadFather O'SullivanA horror film, featuring zombies and demons amid Aztec ruins, directed by S. P. Somtow. Gregory Frost, Edward Bryant and artist Raymond Ridenour have minor roles (Ridenour's character was named Dozois); Somtow's sister, Premika Eaton, also played a part. Award-winning fantasy author Tim Powers played a zombie.
1994Ill Met by Moonlight Oberon Somtow directed this film as a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream . The cast included Timothy Bottoms as Egeus, Edward Bryant as Peter Quince, film-maker Ron Ford as Nick Bottom, Robert Z'Dar as Theseus, and Bill Warren in a minor part. Somtow directed Sullivan to deliver his lines in the voice of Nick Nolte; Sullivan is noted for vocal impressions.
1994Fast Forward: Contemporary Science FictionHimselfDocumentary television episode. [22]
1995Twilight of the DogsSam AsgardeA science fiction film written by Sullivan and directed by John R. Ellis. Originally entitled New Genesis: Twilight of the Dogs. [23] The title is a pun on Götterdämmerung , meaning Twilight of the Gods.
1996Alien ForceArmy Slacker Fred / Jaywalker / Gorek FooThis science fiction film directed by Ron Ford for Wildcat Entertainment features Burt Ward as an alien overlord and Randal Malone as Raleigh.
1997The Mark of Dracula Count Dracula menaces a small rural town in this Ron Ford film, which includes archive footage of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in Nosferatu .
1997Alien Agenda: Under the Skin
1998Dead Time TalesPhil CanyonThe movie, in four segments, is based on the short stories "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling, "The Transformation" by Mary Shelley, "The Crystal Egg" by H.G. Wells, and a fourth story by David S. Sterling (producer of Camp Blood ).
1998Hollywood MortuaryPratt BorokovIn this horror-comedy, Randal Malone plays makeup artist Pierce Jackson Dawn, a name conflating those of Jack Pierce and Jack Dawn; Sullivan plays Pratt Borokov, a thinly veiled Boris Karloff, while Ron Ford performs the part of Janos Blasko (Bela Lugosi). [24] [25] Margaret O'Brien, Anita Page, Conrad Brooks and David DeCoteau play themselves.
1998Creaturealm: From the DeadPratt Borokov
1999V-World MatrixDr. Parks
1999Vampyre FemmesNachoWritten and directed by Sullivan for Dead Alive Productions.
1999Eyes of the WerewolfDr. AtwillWritten and directed by Sullivan for SNJ Productions.
1999A Passion to Kill
2000Hunting Season
2000 Camp Blood GeorgeA direct-to-video slasher film written and directed by Brad Sykes.
2000 Camp Blood 2 Dr. WestA sequel to Camp Blood directed by Brad Sykes and produced by David S. Sterling.
2001Deadly ScavengersThe DoctorA deadpan joke is that the Doctor was hired because his job is "to clean things up." This is an allusion to the character role of Newman as "The Cleaner" in the Seinfeld episode The Muffin Tops , which in turn was an allusion to Harvey Keitel's role as "The Wolf" in 1994's Pulp Fiction .
2005 The Naked Monster Dr. HowardScience fiction/horror comedy written by Ted Newsom and directed by Newsom and Wayne Berwick as an homage to and spoof of the "giant monster-on-the-loose" films of the 1950s. [26] [27] [28] [29]

Critical response

John Clute writes that Sullivan "began publishing sf with stories like "Tachyon Rag" ... "My Father's Head" ... and "The Rauncher Goes to Tinker Town" ... tales whose sophistication led to some disappointment when his first-published novels turned out to be three ties to the V Television series, a series of exercises in easy Paranoia set in an America taken over by Aliens... The published order of Sullivan's books was, however, deceptive, as his first-written novel, Destiny's End (1988), had suffered delays and modifications at the hands of the publisher to which it had first been contracted. The book proved to be a complexly moody depiction of humanity at the end of its tether in an array of Dying-Earth venues, as Secret Masters from the stars with quasimagical Technologies manipulate the course of events. Other sf of interest included The Parasite War (1989), which garishly intensifies the premises of V with a few scattered humans engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Aliens who have nearly destroyed the planet; The Martian Viking (1991), in which a prisoner escapes from Mars and roams space and time with stern but rowdy Vikings; and Lords of Creation (1992), which combines palaeontological fantasy including dinosaur eggs and another alien Invasion." [30]

Science fiction scholar Fiona Kelleghan has written that Sullivan "often turn[s] to classical history and mythology to dramatize his concerns about contemporary American culture - although the historical settings suggest a Santayana-esque view of our so-called post-historical era. ... Sullivan cares deeply about his characters. His books are viciously funny in a deadpan way..." [31]

The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984–1998 described Destiny's End as a "transcendental, philosophical space opera." [32]

Christine Hawkins, in her online Mars in Science Fiction Bibliography, described The Martian Viking as "reminiscent of Philip K. Dick". [33] The reviewer of the Schlock Value review website said, in a mostly positive review of the same novel:

It's a well-established fact that the two coolest things ever are Vikings and Mars, and now, thanks to Tim Sullivan, we get both of them in one convenient package. How could this book be anything but great? Unfortunately, The Martian Viking deals a lot less with Vikings than we were promised, although Mars does feature quite prominently, and as far as crapsack future societies go, the book does present us with a pretty interesting one... The world we are presented with is a fairly interesting form of dystopia... All-in-all, The Martian Viking was a pretty fun read... Tim Sullivan managed to set up a really interesting future world. [34]

Raymond's Reviews said of The Martian Viking, "it had some moments of warped originality that were hard to forget." [35]

Robert Silverberg, who purchased Sullivan's early story "The Rauncher Goes to Tinker Town" for his New Dimensions series of science fiction anthologies, called it "vivid and energetic". [9]

A reviewer for the Dark Roasted Blend website wrote of Sullivan's short story "Stop-Motion": "Animation, dinosaurs, special effects, a little bit of murder mystery - not bad a combination, solid story in the pulp tradition." [36]

Sullivan's short story "Under Glass" has received much attention. Lois Tilton wrote, "This is a story of friendship and the duty we owe to our friends." [37] Reviewer Sandra Scholes said in a review of the November/December 2011 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that the issue "gets straight to it with a tasty novelette, "Under Glass" by Tim Sullivan; who sees everything with a writer's vision of the future we have never known yet or at least until it is too late." [38] Sam Tomaino, another reviewer of the same issue of F&SF, urgently wrote, "The fiction in the issue starts with "Under Glass" by Tim Sullivan... This was an imaginative, moving, wonderful novelette and one that will be on my Hugo short list for next year." [39]

Sullivan's 2013 story "The Nambu Egg" received praise from the SF CrowsNest website: "'The Nambu Egg' by Tim Sullivan is definitely Science Fiction. It is set in the distant future when the Tachtrans Authority can beam people to a distant planet, Cet Four in this case. Adam Naraya has returned to Earth because he has a Nambu egg to sell to the head of a rich corporation, one Mr. Genzler. To tell more of the plot would be to ruin it for it's the kind of tale where things are slowly revealed. Rest assured that the length of this paragraph does not reflect the very high esteem I have for the story." [40]

Colleen Chen, writing a review for Tangent magazine of "Through Mud One Picks a Way", said,

"Sullivan revisits a space and time he's written about before — a future in which main characters hail from Cet 4, a heavy-gravity planet tough to live on but with abundant natural resources. In this story, taking place on Earth, Uxanna Venz has been hired by a fellow named Hob to communicate with three Cetians whom he has illegally obtained and wants to use for his own benefit. The Cetians are amorphous, clammy creatures whose home is the bogs of Cet 4, and they communicate with Uxanna by touching her with squidlike tentacles they can form at will. Uxanna earns their trust at the same time as she feels guilty for doing so. They've been so abused on their home planet by humans encroaching on their territory, and she knows Hob can't have good intentions for them. There's more twists to the story, though, as Uxanna learns the truth about their appearance on Earth, and then unveils her own surprises as she tries to do what's best for the Cetians at the same time as earning her money. I've read one other story by Sullivan that takes place in this universe. I liked this one more — although maybe it's just that the author's particular style, which seems to develop both plot and characters mainly through dialogue, is growing on me. But this story has enough action to keep the story moving despite the lengthy dialogues, and thus it translates into a visual piece that I felt I could watch like a movie in my own head. The characters were likable, the world-building strong, and although the ending is left somewhat unresolved, it stops at a point which promises later continuation." [41]

Eamonn Murphy, writing for the SF Crowsnest, agreed:

"Through Mud One Picks A Way" by Tim Sullivan ... is genuine Science Fiction about three aliens from Cet Four who have been transported to Earth by a businessman for purposes unknown. He has hired Uxanna Venz to communicate with them by touch telepathy, which they do well. She worked on their home planet and is an expert on the species. A nice parable about colonialism with a couple of decent twists to keep you surprised. It was mostly written in dialogue with very little narration, but Sullivan managed to get all the background information across anyway. A neat trick." [42]

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  1. 1 2 3 Kelleghan, Fiona (2008). The Savage Humanists. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Robert J. Sawyer Books. p.  14. ISBN   978-0-88995-425-0. In the Philadelphia area there were Frost, Timothy R. Sullivan, Michael Swanwick, James Morrow, and Gardner Dozois (under whose editorial tenure these writers were frequently published in Asimov's Science Fiction). These writers are connected in different ways, chiefly through friendship. Many of them regularly attend(ed) the Sycamore Hill Writer's Workshop. Frost and Kim Stanley Robinson studied at the same year's Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop, at which nearly all of them have since taught at least once. Sullivan and Frost roomed together in Philadelphia; others, such as [John] Kessel, James Patrick Kelly, Jonathan Lethem, Swanwick and Sullivan have collaborated severally and often.
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  16. Reviewer (September 15, 2008). "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct/Nov 2008 Double Issue". ibloviate.org. Retrieved August 31, 2013. Tim Sullivan's "Planetesimal Dawn" is a great example of an action-sci-fi tale, and it delivers brilliantly.
  17. Amy (October 10, 2008). "Way Down East, Tim Sullivan". Short Reviews of Fantasy and SF Short Fiction. Retrieved August 31, 2013. Two New England lobstermen, Donny Doyle and Laurent Therriault, offer to take the alien visitor from Gliese 581e (the Gleezer) out on the bay in their boat, along with its security detail. In this story two working class guys are changed by their brief encounter with an unusual-looking empathic alien.
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  19. StephenM (December 31, 2013). "Interview: Tim Sullivan on "Through Mud One Picks A Way"". The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction . Retrieved April 22, 2014. It's the second story set in the same future. The first was The Nambu Egg, published in F&SF a couple of issues earlier ... In both stories a planet has been found with a breathable nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere and gravity that can be tolerated by humans, but just barely... Uxanna's job on Cet Four involved communicating with these creatures, so she gets down in the mud with them and does her best to see what's on their minds... "The Nambu Egg" was a science fiction mystery, and it involved a mathematical construct posed by the Cetians to provide the solution. I felt that there was a lot more to be worked out in this particular universe, and one way to explicate it was through a character who had lived on both worlds in two different eras. Uxanna is ... a big, powerful woman (necessary for survival on the colony world) who abandoned her own child and fled our planet. "Lighting out for the territory," as Mark Twain put it. The story explores my ambivalence about politics, economics, and the uses of science, not to mention the entanglement of these disciplines.
  20. Burns, Martha (April 8, 2014). "Special Double Review". Tangent Online . Retrieved April 22, 2014. Jimmy confronts his father's ghost and his emotional wounds are healed. This is not delivered subtly, but is made richer by the fantastical elements of the story. The narrator is over one hundred and fifty years old and the ghost is visible because of a complex physical phenomenon the man travels to Venus to experience.
  21. Lewis, C.D. (April 8, 2014). "Special Double Review". Tangent Online . Retrieved April 22, 2014. Tim Sullivan sets "The Memory Cage" on a station orbiting Saturn's moon Titan, where a dead man's shade is interrogated by his angry son through the miracle of "uber-symmetry," a technology said to exploit quantum mechanical principles such as superpositioning to virtually reconstruct the image and personality of a person who died suddenly. ... "The Memory Cage" opens with the narrator confronting his father's shade, but quickly transitions to a slow exposition of the second world war on his father as a young man; the narrator delivers a values-laden condemnation of war not in dialogue, but to the reader. Switching back to the story action, the narrator blames his father not only for killing himself but for having tried to give his children hope through the Church, arguing that religion like government guarantees war. ... The author presents a veritable soup of rich concepts never meaningfully addressed: psychiatry failing to prevent suicide, government and church causing war, halfhearted involvement in personal relationships, drugs as an imperfect solution to the misery and tedium of workaday life, the tragedy of lost opportunity, the inescapability of human conflict, and the uselessness of travel (and career change, and gender change, and meaningless relationships) to escape problems we cause ourselves. ... The resolution squarely addresses the blame and guilt between father and son, and shows the narrator has changed enough to have at happiness in the fifty years he's got left to live. Enormous power lies in the scene reuniting a suicide with the son who learns to forgive him for abandoning his family...
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  25. Ford, Ron (c. 1999). "Hollywood Mortuary: Behind the Scenes". The Video Graveyard. Retrieved August 31, 2013. Tim Sullivan... plays the Boris Karloff-like actor Pratt Borokof -- who is murdered and then resurrected in Hollywood Mortuary. 'In spite of Randal's tongue-in-cheek comments,' says Sullivan, 'we all had a great time making Hollywood Mortuary, and we all are very good friends. This part was a great thrill for me. I've been told many times that I somewhat resemble Karloff, and of course I've been a huge fan of his since I was little. It was a secret ambition of mine to someday play the great one, and I guess now I've come pretty close to accomplishing just that. And there is nobody I'd rather have smash my head into a dripping pulp than Film Star Randal Malone.'
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