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Jeff Rovin is an author, magazine editor, freelance writer and columnist. Former editor-in-chief of Weekly World News, he has also been assistant editor and writer for DC Comics, editor for 'Warren Publishing Co.' and 'Seaboard Periodicals' publications, as well as science and media columnist in such magazines as Analog, Omni, Famous Monsters. He was born on November 5, 1951, in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker and has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for his Tom Clancy's Op-Center books.

His How to Play video game books, which were popular in the 1980s and 1990s, reaching a total of over 4 million copies, they detail strategies for dozens of games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy. This series was preceded by his The Complete Guide to Conquering Video Games in 1982, and followed by his Gamemaster series that lasted until the late 90's, which began containing a violence rating for the games included in these books. With the beginning of this new series he mentions that he is 'opposed' to the forceful laws and censorship that would make game ratings required, and asks readers to write letters of disapproval to their Congressional representatives. A later series would be released by St. Martin's also called "How To Win At", covering Nintendo 64 and Playstation games, but this time written by Hank Schlesinger.

Rovin has written encyclopedias within various genres such as: The Encyclopedia of Superheroes (Facts On File, 1985), The Encyclopedia of Super Villains (Facts On File, 1987) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals (Prentice Hall, 1991), and The Encyclopedia of Monsters (Checkmark Books, 1990), he has worked on various biographical and film books on such celebrities as Kelsey Grammer, Lana Turner, Adam West, Ellen DeGeneres, Jackie Chan, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Pryor, Julio Iglesias, The Simpsons, and the two stars from Beverly Hills 90210; Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, both biographies separately in one book. As well as a number of quiz and joke books.

His novels are in the fields of thriller, horror, adventure, mystery, and largely in the military field during the Force Five', and later Tom Clancy's Op-Center series, which he has now finished and his later "Unit Omega" books which he wrote under the name pen name of "Jim Grand". He then began writing further military suspense books under his own name, such as Tempest Down, Dead Rising, and Rogue Angel novels, of which Stephen Coonts calls Rovin "The best of the new generation of military adventure writers.".


Fiction and Novels

  • April Fool's Day (Novelization of the April Fool's Day 1986 movie)
  • Broken Arrow (Novelization of the 1996 movie Broken Arrow)
  • Cat Angles
  • Cliffhanger (Novelization of Cliffhanger movie)
  • Conversations with the Devil
  • Dagger
  • Dead Rising
  • The Devil's Rangers (writing as Jim Grand)
  • Fatalis
  • The Game (Novelization of The Game), movie and is based on its screenplay)
  • The Hindenburg Disaster
  • Hollywood Detective: Garrison
  • Hollywood Detective: The Wolf
  • The Madjan
  • Mortal Kombat (based on Mortal Kombat videogame)
  • Re-Animator (Novelization of Re-Animator movie)
  • The Red Arrow (With Sander Diamond)
  • Return of the Wolf Man
  • Starik, (With Sander Diamond)
  • Stealth War
  • Tempest Down
  • The Transgalactic Guide To Solar System M-17
  • Vespers
  • Unit Omega: Loch Ness (writing as Jim Grand)
  • Unit Omega: Medusa (writing as Jim Grand)

Force Five series
  • Destination: Algiers
  • Destination: Norway
  • Destination: Stalingrad

Tom Clancy's Op-Center series (with Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik)
  1. Op-Center
  2. Mirror Image
  3. Games of State
  4. Acts of War
  5. Balance of Power
  6. State of Siege
  7. Divide and Conquer
  8. Line of Control
  9. Mission of Honor
  10. Sea of Fire)
  11. Call to Treason
  12. War of eagles

Nonfiction Books

  • Adventure Heroes: Legendary Characters from Odysseus to James Bond
  • Aliens, Robots, and Spaceships
  • The Book of Dinosaurs
  • The Book of Dumb Movie Blurbs
  • The Book of Movie Lists
  • The Book of TV Lists
  • Country Music Babylon
  • Did You Ever Wonder; Why Do Cowboys Wear High Heels?; Who Put Boys in Blue and Girls in Pink?; Are Bats Really Blind?
  • The Fabulous Fantasy Films
  • The Fantasy Almanac
  • Fascinating Facts from the Bible
  • From Jules Verne to Star Trek
  • From the Land Beyond Beyond
  • The Great Television Series
  • The Laserdisc Film Guide: Complete Ratings for the Best and Worst Movies Available on Disc
  • Laws of Order: A Book of Hierarchies, Rankings, Infrastructures, Measurements, and Sizes
  • Mars!
  • Movie Special Effects
  • Of Mice and Mickey
  • A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Films
  • The Second Book of Movie Lists
  • The Science Fiction Collector's Catalog
  • Simpson Fever!
  • The Spirits of America
  • Sports Babylon, (With Steve Burkow)
  • TV Babylon
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • What's the Difference?; A Compendium of Commonly Confused and Misused Words

  • The Encyclopedia of Monsters
  • The Encyclopedia of Superheroes
  • The Encyclopedia of Super Villains
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals


  • Always. Lana (With Taylor Pero)
  • Back to the Batcave (With Adam West)
  • Ellen DeGeneres Up CLose. The Unauthorized Biography of the Hot New Star of ABC's ELLen, (With Kathy Tracy)
  • The Essential Jackie Chan, (With Tracy Perrell)
  • The Films of Charlton Heston
  • Joan Collins: The Unauthorized Biography
  • Julio!
  • Luke Mania/Jason Fever
  • Richard Pryor, Black and Blue
  • Stallone!: A Hero's Story An Unauthorized Biography
  • The World According to Elvis

Humor and Trivia

  • 500 Great Doctor Jokes
  • 500 Great Lawyer Jokes
  • 500 Hilarious Jokes for Kids
  • 500 More Hilarious Jokes for Kids
  • 1,001 Great Jokes
  • 1,001 Great Pet Jokes
  • 1,001 Great Sports Jokes
  • 1,001 Great One-Liners
  • Dinomite Dinousaur Jokes
  • Don't Even Think About Telling this Joke at Work (writing as Harry Bergen)
  • Don't Even Think About Telling this Joke to a Lawyer (writing as Harry Bergen)
  • The First Good News/Bad News Joke Book
  • Goldie's Lox and the Three Bagels (writing as Jeffrey and Lila Dubinsky)
  • Mother Gooseberg's Book of Jewish Nursery Rhymes (writing as Jeffrey and Lila Dubinsky)
  • The Second Good News/Bad News Joke Book

  • In Search of Trivia
  • Winning at Trivial Pursuit
  • Count Dracula's Vampire Quiz Book
  • The Supernatural Movie Quizbook
  • The Superhero Movie and TV Quiz Book
  • The UFO Movie Quizbook
  • The Unauthorized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quiz Book

Video Game Books

  • The Complete Guide to Conquering Video Games: How to Win Every Game in the Galaxy
  • The Best of How to Win at Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #2
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #3
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #4
  • How to Win at Nintendo Sports Games
  • How to Win at Super Mario Bros. Games
  • How to Win at Game Boy Games
  • How to Win at Super Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Sega & Genesis Games
  • Gamemaster: Conquering Super Nintendo Games
  • Gamemaster: Conquering Sega Genesis Games
  • Gamemaster: The Complete Video Game Guide 1995


  2. New York Times Best Seller List for Paperbacks, Fiction July 3, 2005, #10 on list
  3. Front Cover of How To Win At Nintendo Games 4
  4. Introduction to and Afterward of "Conquering Super Nintendo Games" by Jeff Rovin
  5. Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 149, page 363
  6. List of Jeff Rovin's works up to 2008 in PDF format
  7. Front cover of Rogue Angel by Jeff Rovin

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