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Dr. John L. Flynn is a three-time Hugo-nominated author, psychologist, and college dean. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Southern California University. He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and he has written sixteen books, many short stories, articles, reviews, and two screenplays. In 1977, he received the M. Carolyn Parker award for outstanding freelance writing, and has been a regular contributor and columnist to dozens of science fiction magazines, including Starlog, Not of This Earth, Sci-Fi Universe, Cinescape, Retrovision, Media History Digest, SFTV, SF Movieland, Monsterland, Enterprise, Nexxus, The Annapolis Review, and Collector's Corner. He sold his first book,Future Threads, in 1985. He has subsequently had ten other books published about film, including Cinematic Vampires (1992), Phantoms of the Opera (1993), The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger (1993), Dissecting Aliens (1995), War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg (2005), Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films (2006) (with Bob Blackwood), 75 Years of Universal Monsters (2006), 50 Years of Hammer Horror (2006),101 Superheroes of the Silver Screen (2007), and 2001: Beyond the Infinite (2008). Brickhouse Books published Visions in Light and Shadow, a collection of John's short stories, in 2001, and Galactic Books published his first novel, The Jovian Dilemma, in 2006. His first screenplay, which is based on The Jovian Dilemma, was a finalist in the 2003 Screenplay Festival, and was optioned for a brief time by a New York-based production company. His most recent screenplay is the erotic thriller Intimate Bondage, which John has developed into the novel published by BelleBridge Books. He has since written two follow-up books in the Kate Dawson thriller series, including Architects of Armageddon, published by W & B Publishers in 2017.

From a very early age, John demonstrated a keen interest in movies and science fiction. He made his first single-reel films with a Super-8mm camera; of course, he also designed all the sets, made all the costumes, and wrote all the scripts. When he went to college at age 17, he studied writing and theater. John received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of South Florida and Ph.D. from Southern California University. In 1979, he directed his first stage play, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," for the Patapsco Players. One year later, he not only directed but also designed the set and costumes for Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" for a local community theater. His set and costume designs were singled out for recognition by the local media, and earned him notoriety as a theatrical designer. From 1980 to 1987, he honed his skills as a costume designer, and after winning numerous national and international competitions, he earned the title of Master Costumer.

In 1995, John switched gears to study psychology, and earned a degree as a clinical psychologist. His study, The Etiology of Sexual Addiction: Childhood Trauma as a Primary Determinant (1997), has broken new ground in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction.

He returned to professional writing in 1992, and earned the first of his three Hugo Award nominations, ten years later, in 2002. The prestigious Hugo Award is the Science Fiction Achievement Award which is given for excellence in the field of science fiction writing and the arts. Dr. Flynn received two additional Hugo nominations in 2003 and 2004. His notoriety in the field of science fiction has provided John with many wonderful opportunities. He has appeared on television (including the Sci-Fi Channel and Russia's RTR Television), was featured in the documentary "Finding the Future" (2004), has spoken on the radio, and been a guest at national conferences. With fellow author and academic Bob Blackwood, he founded The Film Doctors in 2004. The Film Doctors are academics who promote science fiction films in mainstream popular culture. Their first collaboration produced Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films" (2006). Today, Dr. Flynn makes his home in Lake Worth, Florida. He also labors to promote the work of new and emerging science fiction writers through L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest.

Selected Bibliography

Books

 Future Threads. Los Angeles: New Media Publishing, 1985.

 Cinematic Vampires. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Publishers, 1992.

 The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger. New York: Citadel Books, 1993.

 Phantoms of the Opera. New York: Image Publishing, 1993.

 Dissecting Aliens. New York: Pan Macmillan, and London: Boxtree Ltd., 1995.

 Visions in Light and Shadow.  Baltimore, MD: Brickhouse Books, Inc., 2001.

  The War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2005.

 The Jovian Dilemma. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2006.

 75 Years of Universal Monsters. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2006.

 50 Years of Hammer Horror. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2007.

 101 Superheroes of the Silver Screen. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2007.

 2001: Beyond the Infinite. Baltimore, Maryland: Galactic Books, 2008.

 Intimate Bondage. Memphis, Tennessee: Bellebridge Books, 2014.

 Everything I Know About Life I Learned from James Bond (with Bob Blackwood). New York: Library Tales, 2015.

 Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films (with Bob Blackwood). New York: Library Tales, 2015.

 Architects of Armageddon. Kernersville, NC: W & B Publishers, 2017.

Books (as Editor)

  • The Dictionary of Essential English by Marion McGuire. Baltimore, MD: Media Materials, 1987.

Screenplays

  • "The Jovian Dilemma" (125min.).  The Woofenill Works, Inc. Production Company, 2003.
  • "Intimate Bondage" (120min.), 2006.

Dissertation

  • "The Etiology of Sexual Addiction: Childhood Trauma as a Primary Determinant." Diss. Southern California University, 1997.

Short Fiction (selected)

  • "Count on Doomsday." The Daily Planet 30 June 1980: 15-24.
  • "Healer of Antares Four." The Daily Planet 11 August 1980: 12-15.
  • "Satisfaction Guaranteed." The Daily Planet 21 September 1980: 26-27.
  • "Dark Passage." The Jedi Journal, 1981: 91-105.
  • "A Study in Evil." The Annapolis Review August 1981: 9-14.
  • "Scandal on Baker Street." The Annapolis Review May 1982: 14-17.
  • "Fall of the Republic." Galactic Archives Summer 1983.
  • "Rite of Lunar Passage." Eldritch Tales Fall 1990: 41-46.
  • "Interfacing Rush." Nexus Quarterly Summer 1995: 78+.
  • "The Jovian Dilemma." Nexus Quarterly Fall 1996: 21+.
  • "A Gift of Verse". Nexxus: The Speculative and Science Fiction Online Literary Magazine Fall 2002.
  • "Whom Gods Destroy." Nexxus: The Speculative and Science Fiction Literary Magazine Spring 2003.
  • "Solutions." Lower Than Angels. Eds. Vonnie Crist and David W. Kriebel. Baltimore, Maryland: Lite Circle Books, 2003. 25-34.
  • "Athenaeum." Amazing Journeys Magazine, June 2005.

Feature Articles (selected)

  • "The Gunpowder Plot: Recalling a Significant Event in British History." Churchman March 1977: 9-10.
  • "Mortal States." The Annapolis Review March 1981:6-7.
  • "Fifty Years of Fantasy Film Posters." SFTV December 1984-April 1985 (five-part series).
  • "The Doctor Who Costume Guide." SFTV February 1985: 9-15.
  • "V-The Series Episode Guide." SFTV June-September, 1985 (four-part series).
  • "Tales of Tomorrow: TV's Sci-Fi Experiment in the 50's." Media History Digest Winter 1985: 49-50.
  • "The Forbidden Planet Costume Guide." SFTV November 1985: 18-23.
  • "The Star Fleet Uniform Costume Guide." Monsterland December 1986: 18-25.
  • "All Dressed Up With Some Place to Go." Starlog November 1988: 89-92.
  • "Collecting Film Posters." Collector's News November 1988: 35-36.
  • "Costuming for Fun and Fandom." Starlog June 1989: 53-56.
  • "Looking Back to the Future of Star Wars." Not of This Earth Summer 1994 Special.
  • "Genesis of Star Wars: The Evolution of a Space Saga." Not of This Earth Summer 1994 Special.
  • "A Preview of Aliens Versus Predator." Cinescape July 1994: 15-18.
  • "A Preview of the Next Star Wars." Cinescape April 1995.
  • "Sci-Fi Road Trip: Grover's Mill, New Jersey." Sci-Fi Universe June 1995: 11.
  • "Sci-Fi Road Trip: Metropolis, Illinois." Sci-Fi Universe August 1995.
  • "Sci-Fi Road Trip: Edgar Allan Poe's Grave, Baltimore." Sci-Fi Universe October 1995.
  • "Sci-Fi Road Trip: The Enterprise at the Smithsonian." Sci-Fi Universe November 1995.
  • "Sci-Fi Road Trip: Salem, MA-The Witch Town." Sci-Fi Universe December 1995.
  • "Dragoncon 1995 Review." Sci-Fi Universe February 1996.
  • "Across the Eight Dimension: A Retrospective on Buckaroo Banzai." Sci-Fi Universe August 1996.
  • "The Real X-Files." Sci-Fi Universe August 1996.
  • "From the Inner Mind to The Outer Limits." Sci-Fi Universe October 1996.
  • Entries on "Heroes," "Heroic Fiction," "Sword & Sorcery" and "Time Travel" for The Encyclopaedia Galactica, ed. Lydia Marano. Prentice Hall, 1995.
  • "L.A.Con III: A Report from the 54th World Science Fiction Convention." Sci-Fi Universe December 1996: 72-75.
  • "Dark Promise: The Star Wars Saga." Cinescape Insider February 1997: 78-81.
  • "Lightstorm: The Films of James Cameron." Retrovision November 1998: 12+.
  • "From Book to Script to Screen: The Evolution of Pierre Boulle‚Äôs Planet of the Apes." and "2001-Beyond the Infinite." Retrovision February 1999: 42+ .
  • "Heroes in Contemporary Fantasy Literature." Lower Than Angels. Eds. Vonnie Crist and David W. Kriebel. Baltimore, Maryland: Lite Circle Books, 1999. 59-64.
  • "What Makes a Good Science Fiction Story?" Lite Literary Newspaper June 2001: 1-4.
  • "Introduction" to The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.  New York: Signet Classic Books, 2001.
  • "The Irony of Negative Reviews: Creating Cult Classics." Nexxus: The Speculative and Science Fiction Online Literary Magazine Spring 2003.
  • "The Top Ten Science Fiction Films of the 20th Century." Torcon 3: The 60th World Science Fiction Convention Program Book Fall 2003.
  • "Afterward" to The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells.  New York: Signet Classic Books, 2005.

Honors, Awards and Nominations

  • M. Carolyn Parker Award for Outstanding Journalism, 1975.
  • Listing in Who's Who Men of Achievement, 1987 and 1988.
  • Hugo Nomination, ConJose World Science Fiction Convention, 2002
  • Best Short Story Hugo Nomination, Torcon 3 World Science Fiction Convention, 2003
  • Hugo Nomination, Torcon 3 World Science Fiction Convention, 2003
  • Hugo Nomination, Noreascon World Science Fiction Convention, 2004

Radio and Television Appearances

  • Interview: "The State of Science Fiction Films." The Mr. Movie Show July 16, 1989.
  • Interview: "The Vampire Archetype in Film." The Mr. Movie Show August 19, 1990.
  • Interview: "Mythology in Star Wars." Sci-Fi Channel May 13, 1999.
  • Interview: "The Phenomenal Success of James Bond." WJZ-TV13 Morning Show November 18, 1999.
  • Interview: "Pulp Science Fiction in Battlefield Earth." Dateline Radio May 26, 2000.
  • Interview: "Science Fiction in Popular Culture." The Lou Gentilly Show Aug. 8, 2002.
  • Interview: "How Science Fiction Predicts the Future." Future Talk August 11, 2002.
  • Interview: "Why Critics Hate Science Fiction Films." Radio Sci-Fi October 6, 2002.
  • Interview: "James Bond in Popular Culture." WBFF-TV 45 Morning Show November 13, 2002
  • Interview:  "Star Wars and the Strategic Defense Initiative." Documentary by RTR for Russian Television.  Debut: April, 2004
  • Interview:  "Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation." Documentary by Casey Moore.  Debut: New York Film Festival, May 2, 2004

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