Thomas Kent Miller

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Thomas Kent Miller (born 1945) is an American author,[1][2][3] mainly as a novelist and essayist, though he's had two nonfiction books published as well. He lives in southern California and is retired and continues to write voluminously. His career for 35 years was in publishing and publications editing and production.


Miller worked for GRiD Systems and NASA in the 1980s and 1990s, then for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) where he was editor-in-chief of the company's first international general GIS magazine ArcNews, a position he held for twenty years. During this time he wrote novels, as well as essays for literary journals in the United Kingdom. He has written books for Wildside Press, also for Harper & Row, San Francisco, now HarperCollins, and Borgo Press.


In 2005, Thomas Kent Miller's The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life (Wildside Press) became the first prose[4][5] (as opposed to a comic novel) Allan Quatermain adventure pastiche novel and thus became the first Allan Quatermain adventure to be published since 1927, the year of the posthumous publication of H. Rider Haggard's Allan and the Ice Gods,[6] while at the same time being a Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Subsequently, in 2013, he wrote a sequel. In all, he has written three Sherlock Holmes pastiche epistolary novels[7] that incorporate elements of H. Rider Haggard published by Rosemill House, Borgo Press, and Wildside Press. He has also had short fiction published by Airship27[8] and Wildside Press.[9]

Literary Essays

He has contributed respected essays, mainly shedding light on the works of Victorian and Edwardian authors of the fantastic, to The Weird Tales Collector,[10] and to the United Kingdom journals Faunus: The Journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen,[11] Ghosts and Scholars M.R. James Newsletter,[12] The H. Rider Haggard Journal, and Wormwood,.[13]

"Baby James"

On April 26, 1986, the Millers' 14-month-old son Nicholas underwent a heart transplant at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, receiving a new heart (from an anonymous donor). At the time, he was the first toddler recipient of a new heart, and the surgery became international news; to maintain anonymity for Nicholas and his parents, "Baby James" was the name given to the press[14] (like Baby Fae and Baby Moses before him). However four months later, Nicholas' body rejected the new heart, and he died on August 31, 1986.[15] Afterwards, the Millers together wrote of their life with their first son, and the resultant book, titled Baby James: A Legacy of Love and Family Courage, was published by Harper and Row, San Francisco (now HarperCollins) in 1988.[16]

Mars in the Movies: A History

Miller grew up reading science fiction novels and watching science fiction films. His lifelong fascination in Mars movies culminated in 2016 with the publication of the book Mars in the Movies: A History,[17] which is the first cinematic reference book focused entirely on Mars movies,[18] 95 films from 1910 to 2016, published by McFarland & Company.


  • Mars in the Movies: A History (2016)
  • Sherlock Holmes in the Fullness of Time (2016)
  • Allan Quatermain at the Dawn of Time (2013)
  • The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life (2005)
  • Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World (1987)
  • Baby James: A Legacy of Love and Family Courage (with Jayne Miller) (1988)


  1. as Thos. Kent Miller
  4. Drew, Benard A. Literary Afterlife: The Posthumous Continuations of 325 Authors' Fictional Characters, Jefferson N.C. and London, McFarland & Company, 2010, P. 10
  5. See
  6. Miller, Thos. Kent. “Fate as a Character: H. Rider Haggard’s Secret Currents” in Wormwood Number 20, Carlton-in-Coverdale, Leyburn, North Yorkshire: Tartarus Press, Spring 2013.
  11. The FictionMag Index, as "Thos. Kent Miller"
  12. The FictionMag Index, as "Thos. Kent Miller"
  13. The FictionMag Index, as "Thos. Kent Miller"
  14. See
  15. See
  16. See

External links

Mars in the Movies: A History . . . Now With Endless Possibilities

The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life