Lije Baley & R.D. Olivaw

Created by Isaac Asimov(1920-92) Sorry, but as several folks have pointed out, sci-fi meister Isaac Asimov's ELIJAH "LIJE" BALEY and his robot partner R. DANEEL OLIVAW don't really cut it as private eyes. As members of the New York city police, sometime in the future, they fail to meet even the minimum standards for private … Continue reading Lije Baley & R.D. Olivaw

Patrick “P.I.” Immelmann (Private Eye)

Created Brian Vaughan "Nothing in life is completely confidential." -- P.I. It's hard to believe comic book mastermind Brian Vaughan originally gave this away Private Eye, an absolutely stunning graphic novel from 2015, for free! Or as much--or as little--as you felt it was worth. And yet there it was, on Panelsyndicate.com, for the asking. And it's … Continue reading Patrick “P.I.” Immelmann (Private Eye)

Vernay and Zeno Zenobius of The Anthropol Detective Agency

Created by Louis Trimble Louis Trimble was a prolific pulp fiction writer, pounding out westerns, mysteries and even the occasional sci-fi story. He created such private eyes as Bert Norden, Peter Cory and Tom Blane. But one of his more interesting creations was the intriguingly-titled THE ANTHROPOL DETECTIVE AGENCY, whose turf seems to be outer … Continue reading Vernay and Zeno Zenobius of The Anthropol Detective Agency

Gil Hamilton

Created by Larry Niven GIL HAMILTON isn't actually a private eye, but he sure acts like one. He's a member of A.R.M., a special unit of the U.N. dedicated to the task of tracking down organleggers. You see, in the future, medical knowledge has reached the point where almost any body part is transplantable. But … Continue reading Gil Hamilton

Marîd Audran

Created by George Alec Effinger (1947-2002) When George Alec Effinger dropped When Gravity Fails in 1987, nobody was expecting a ballsy cyberpunk mash-up of Raymond Chandler and 1001 Arabian Nights--or that it would work as well as it did.  Although, come to think of it, cyberpunk already owed a good deal of its grittiness and jaded cynicism to … Continue reading Marîd Audran

Jake Cardigan

Created by William Shatner (1931--) When I first heard about this one, I was all set to lace into this one. I mean, Tiberius Hambone a writer? But he -- or at least Ron Goulart -- pulled it off. The first novel, TekWar (1989), which kicked off the whole franchise, was nothing earth-shattering, but decent … Continue reading Jake Cardigan

Jim Haley

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--) Ron Goulart's fiction transcends genre -- or even easy explanation -- being a general mish-mash of detective, fantasy, satire, straight sci-fi, parody and just plain silliness, reflecting the author's passion for the detective and science fiction pulps and comics of yesteryear. He's a serious scholar, and has published several key … Continue reading Jim Haley

Ben Jolson

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--)  BEN JOLSON is a rather unique twist on the old master-of-disguise master-detective bit. It seems Ben's a chameleon, a Special Agent of the Political Espionage Office of the Planet Barnum, part of the Galactic Chameleon Corps, and able to assume the shape of any life species, be it bird, a baboon … Continue reading Ben Jolson

Jake & Hildy Pace

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--)  Private eyes pop up in the myriad universes of science fiction from time to time, and Ron Goulart has been responsible for quite a few of them; the husband-and-wife team of JAKE and HILDY PACE are probably the most enduring and memorable among his lazgun-packing ops. Take the sharp wit and … Continue reading Jake & Hildy Pace

Paul DeSanto

Created by Steve Niles & Scott Morse "His body looked like it had been fed through a sausage press." When a man's partner is killed, you're supposed to do something about it. Right? So when Los Angeles private dick PAUL DeSANTO discovers one of his operatives, Lou "Potbelly" Sanders, dead in a Hollywood alley, he figures he … Continue reading Paul DeSanto