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Heller, Peter

(1959-    ) US journalist and author whose first four books are nonfiction adventures mostly dealing with expeditions to various extremities of the planet; his first novel, The Dog Stars (2012), is set in a Near Future America devastated by a flu-based Pandemic and finished off by an auto-immune disorder. The protagonist, who is a pilot, lies low near Denver with a Survivalist buddy who has a habit of killing intruders, until he picks up a radio message, which he traces in ...

Williamson, Robert H

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, The Sweetness of Revenge (1904) is an adventure with sf elements, including the Invention of an advanced Machine; any Near Future implications of the tale, which takes place mostly at sea, are only dubiously to be inferred. [JC]

Ward, Joy

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space (2005), in which after aeons of mutual adaptation, survivors of doglike Aliens (who have become domestic canines) and Homo sapiens roam the Ruined Earth, which has been devastated by Climate Change. The eponymous Weimeramer narrates. [JC]

Leven, Jeremy

(1941-    ) US academic author whose two Equipoisal sf-like novels, Creator (1980) and Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr Seymour Kassler, J.S.P.S. (1982), both apply a sometimes portentous mainstream sensibility to generic conceits (see Mainstream Writers of SF). In the first, the attempted creation of a Clone to replace a dead wife activates considerable magic-realist brooding about a variety of issues. In the second a Computer turns out to house the ...

Szal, Jeremy

(1995-    ) Australian editor,politician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Aliens Ate My Anti-Grav Speeder" in Robot and Raygun for April 2014. Although his first novel Stormblood (2020) may accurately be described as Military SF set in an interstellar Space Opera venue, the heart of the tale revolves more intimately around the protagonist and his companions' instant addiction to the Drug stormtech, whose transformative effects make them close to ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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