Donald Nelson Gallinger (born May 4, 1953) is an American writer. He is the author of several novels. His most recent work, The Master Planets (2008), which received strong reviews in Booklist, Jewish Book World, and ForeWord Magazine, tells the story of one Polish partisan fighter’s savagery during World War II and its devastating effects on her American family years later. Centering on the fictional woman’s teenage son, a Rock & Roll wunderkind, the novel seeks to show how the unknown past can reach into the unwary present and alter it forever.
Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Gallinger grew up hearing first-hand stories of World War II partisan fighters from friends of his parents. These stories, absorbed during childhood, possibly inspired a more scholarly interest in the politics of resistance later captured in The Master Planets. Prior to writing the book, Gallinger studied source materials at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, and from real-life accounts in books like The Bielski Brothers, The Avengers, and A Partisan's Memoir: Woman of the Holocaust. His love of Rock & Roll also permeates The Master Planets. He watched the first live American television appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and is an extremely knowledgeable classic rock discographer.
^Morris, Edward (2008). [dead link] "Review of Donald Gallinger's The Master Planets". ForeWord Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-25. Gallinger deftly orchestrates this clash be-tween [sic] the glitzy, egocentric rock world that first enchants Peter and the grim, self-sacrificing world his mother was forced to confront, without distorting or minimizing the significance of either. With smooth shifts from the balmy Jersey shores to the frozen Polish forests, this intriguing tale reads like a movie in embryo.