Tom Clancy FAQ - Authors
Biographical Data about Authors
Father of four. Catholic. Owned and operated independent insurance
business before starting writing career. Did not serve in any branch
of the US Military. Jesuit education - 8 years.
Mr. Clancy posted this message in response to a newsgroup particpant
which provides additional biographical details.
Biographical Questions answered by TC
Clancy divorced his first wife, Wanda, in 1998 after 27-29 years
of marriage (depending on which source you use). The divorce
became much more public than TC ever would have liked because of his
simultaneous attempts to purchase the Minnesota Vikings. According
Showbiz News, Mrs. Clancy had filed for divorce two years prior
(1996) with the reason given in her petition being that her husband
had "committed adultery with one Katherine Huang," who was
a New York assistant district attorney he supposedly met on the Internet. This
was also reported in MSN Entertainment here.
Along with his personal life, Clancy's financial data became public
as a result of the Vikings purchase attempt. An article, written
by WCCO of Minneapolis, provides many of the details and is available
Probes Clancy Cash Crunch. The attempt to buy the Vikings
is chronicled in this article and associated links: It's
Official: Clancy Chapter Closed
According to a story in New Jersey Online, Clancy, 52 at the time,
married Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, 32, on June 26, 1999. This
wedding was also reported in MSN Entertainment here. It
was previously reported in the Washington Post that he was to marry
a niece of Colin Powell just after the divorce to his first wife was
finalized. We may never know for sure given Mr. Clancy's zealous
protection of his personal life.
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The following is the autobiographic sketch Larry Bond sent to the
Harpoon mailing list.
Biographical Sketch: Larry Bond is 45 and lives with his wife
Jeanne and daughters Katie and Julia in Virginia outside Washington
DC. He is the designer of the Harpoon and Command at Sea gaming
systems and several supplements for the games. He also co-authored
Red Storm Rising with Tom Clancy and has recently finished The
Enemy Within, published by Warner Books in hardcover February
1996, and softcover February 1997. He has three other novels
to his credit, Red Phoenix, Vortex and Cauldron.
Larry's writing career started by collaborating with Tom Clancy
on Red Storm Rising, a runaway New York Times bestseller that
has been called one of the best-selling books of the 1980s. It
depicted a hypothetical conflict between NATO and the Warsaw
Pact, drawing heavily on current analysis of what such a conflict
would be like. It has been used as a text at the Naval War College
and similar institutions.
Since then, Larry's books have depicted military and political
crises, emphasizing accuracy and fast-paced action. Red Phoenix
, Vortex, and Cauldron were all New York Times bestsellers. Red
Phoenix was set in South Korea and depicted an invasion of the
south by a decaying North Korean government. Vortex told the
story of a reactionary Afrikaner government trying to roll back
the clock in South Africa. Cauldron showed a financial crisis
in Europe that grew out of control, leading to a military confrontation
between France and the United States.
Larry's Harpoon gaming system was first published in 1980. Designed
as a general-purpose air, surface, and submarine naval simulation,
it combines playability with a wealth of information on modern
naval weapons systems. Designed for the entry-level player, it
has found acceptance in both the commercial market and the professional
naval community. It is used at the Naval Academy, several ROTC
installations, and on several surface ships as a training aid.
Now in its fourth edition, Harpoon has won the H.G. Wells Award,
a trade association honor, in both 1981 and 1987 as the best
miniatures game of the year. It is the only game to win the award
twice. The computer version of the game first appeared in 1990,
and won the 1990 Wargame of the Year award from Computer Gaming
World, an industry journal. An updated version of the single-player
game has been released, and a multiplayer version is in preparation.
Command at Sea is Larry's latest game, and is an adaptation
of Harpoon to the WW II era. Like Harpoon, it emphasizes both
playability and historical accuracy, drawing on many contemporary
Graduating from St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1973
with a degree in Quantitative Methods, Larry worked first as
a computer programmer for two years before being selected for
Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was sworn
into the Navy in 1975 and graduated from OCS the following year.
Larry was in the Navy for six years, serving four on a destroyer
and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He served in
the reserves for two years with the Naval Reserve Intelligence
Program. After leaving the Navy he worked as a naval analyst
for defense consulting firms in the Washington, DC area. He now
writes and designs games full-time.
Larry is an avid wargamer and modeler.
Harpoon First Edition, 1981, Adventure Games Incorporated.
Resolution 502, 1982, Adventure Games Incorporated.
Harpoon Second Edition, 1983, Adventure Games Incorporated.
Red Storm Rising, with Tom Clancy, 1985, Putnam
Harpoon Third Edition, 1987, Game Designer's Workshop
Battles From the Third World War, 1987, Game Designer's Workshop
Red Phoenix, with Pat Larkin, 1989, Warner Books
Computer Harpoon, 1990, Three-Sixty Pacific, Inc.
The Harpoon SITREP (20 issues - 1989 to 1994)
Harpoon Data Annex 3.2, 1990, Game Designer's Workshop
Harpoon Captain's Edition, 1990, Game Designer's Workshop
Vortex, with Pat Larkin, 1991, Warner Books
Cauldron, with Pat Larkin, 1993, Warner Books
Command at Sea, with Chris Carlson and Ed Kettler, 1994, Clash of Arms
The Naval SITREP (10 issues - 1995 and continuing)
Command at Sea Player's Handbook, with Chris Carlson
and Ed Kettler, 1995, Clash of Arms
Command at Sea Second Edition, with Chris Carlson
and Ed Kettler, 1995, Clash of Arms
Harpoon Fourth Edition, with Chris Carlson, 1996, Clash of Arms
As noted in the first paragraph, Mr. Bond wrote a book titled "The
Enemy Within" again with Pat Larkin (Copyright date 1996). Since
the date of that biographical sketch, Mr. Bond and Mr. Larkin have
also written "Day of Wrath", published and released in 1998.
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Dr. Steve Pieczenik, MD has a PhD in International Affairs from MIT.
His MD was received from Cornell University Medical College. He has
served as a deputy assistant secretary with four U.S. secretaries
of state: Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz, and James
Baker. In addition to being the co-creator of Tom Clancy's Op-Center
series (movie and books), he has authored the novels Pax Pacifica,
Maximum Vigilance, The Mind Palace, Hidden Passions, Blood Heat, and
State of Emergency. Dr. Pieczenik was also the co-creater of
Tom Clancy's Netforce. Dr. Pieczenik has a web page (http://www.stevepieczenik.com/)
which provides additional biographical data.
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Martin H. Greenberg
Editor of "The Tom Clancy Companion" and co-creator of "Tom
Clancy's Power Plays: Politika". It appears that Mr. Greenberg
is the editor of at least some Clancy novels as well.
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John D. Gresham
Titled as "Series Researcher" of Tom
Clancy's non-fiction "guided tour" books. No other
data available. He has no books to his sole credit even though
he is a major contributor to the "guided tour" books.
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In the Op-Center books, Mr. Rovin is thanked for his "invaluable
contribution to the manuscript." This is taken to mean that Mr.
Rovin is the manuscript author. Jeff Rovin appears to have a number
of books to his credit ranging from "Adventure Heroes : Legendary
Characters from Odysseus to James Bond" to "Broken Arrow:
A Novelization" (which appears to be the novel associated with
the popular motion picture). While not well known, Mr. Rovin appears
to have been involved in a number of behind-the-scenes projects.
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General Fred Franks, USA (Ret.)
General Franks was the 3-star General commander of the VI Corps in
Desert Storm. VI Corps was the "fist" in General Schwarzkopf's
plan for the liberation of Kuwait and destruction of the Iraqi Republican
Corps. General Franks was promoted to 4-star General and took
over the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command before retiring. General
Franks co-wrote "Into the
Storm: A Study in Command" with Tom Clancy. He has
now joined Red Storm Entertainment and was involved in the game Force
General Chuck Horner, USAF (Ret.)
General Horner was the air component commander in Desert Storm under
General Schwarzkopf. General Horner was subsequently promoted
to four-stars and took over command of U.S. Space Command. After
retirement, General Horner co-wrote the second "Study in Command" book
with Tom Clancy, Every Man
General Carl Stiner, USA (Ret.)
General Stiner rose to become CINCSOC through the ranks of Special
Forces and the Airborne. General Stiner commanded the forces
involved in the Panama invasion but was also part of several very
interesting special operations. General Stiner co-wrote the
third "Study in Command" book with Tom Clancy, Shadow Warriors.