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Cornwell, Patricia

(1956-    ) US author best known for the Kay Scarpetta crime series beginning with Postmortem (1990) [not listed below], featuring the cases of a Medical Examiner; by the third decade of the twenty-first century more than twenty-five volumes had been published. Cornwell is of sf interest for the Captain Chase sequence of Near Future crime-oriented Technothrillers beginning with Quantum (2019) featuring an astronaut who is also a competent quantum physicist, and a forensic ...

Jones, Diana Wynne

(1934-2011) UK author whose name is sometimes incorrectly rendered as Diana Wynne-Jones, although not on her books; probably the premier UK writer of children's Fantasy in the late twentieth century, she received a British Fantasy special award in 1992, and a World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement in 2007. She began her writing career as a playwright, with three plays produced in London 1967-1970, then published her first novel (for adults and not sf), the humorous Changeover (1970). Her ...

Holcombe, Wm H

(1825-1893) US medical doctor and author, most of whose works are nonfiction expositions of homeopathy and the philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg. His sf novel, A Mystery of New Orleans: Solved by New Methods (1890), perhaps influenced by his primary interests, describes the successful efforts of the mesmerist Dr Hypolite Meissonier to exercise long-distance Hypnotic control over his subjects. [JC]

Moss, Robert

(1946-    ) US author of The Spike (1980) with Arnaud de Borchgrave, a Cold War thriller in which Paranoia governs the Near Future, and Death Beam (1981), a Technothriller involving a Soviet Death Ray. [JC]

Attack Vector: Tactical

Cardboard models-based Wargame (2004). Ad Astra Games. Designed by Ken Burnside, Eric Finley, Tony Valle. / Attack Vector is a rare example of a game which, like Battlefleet Mars (1977) and Independence War: The Starship Simulator (1997), approaches space combat in a physically realistic way. Newtonian mechanics and accurate analyses of such details as heat loss from life support systems are used throughout. The only exceptions to the game's careful simulation of reality occur when ...

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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