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Williams, Michael Lindsay

(1940-    ) US author who published the two volume Mars sequence comprising Martian Spring (1986) and FTL: Further Than Life (1987), which tackles conflicts between Earth and Mars, and consequent attempts to transcend these ills by gaining rapport with a transplanetary group mind; verve and clarity are lacking. / Williams should not be confused with the Michael Williams involved in various DragonLance Ties like DragonLance Heroes: Weasel's Luck * (1989) and DragonLance ...

Stroyar, J N

(?   -    ) US physicist and author, resident in Germany; her Children's War sequence – comprising The Children's War (2001), which won the Sidewise Award for 2001, A Change of Regime (2004) and Becoming Them: As Once in a Dream (2017) – is set in a Hitler Wins Alternate History version of America and Britain in 2090, the Jonbar Point being Hitler's decision, under the influence of an astrologer, not to invade Russia; he soon comes to a tyrannical ...

Cowboys & Aliens

Film (2011). Dreamworks Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Reliance Entertainment in association with Relativity Media present an Imagine Entertainment/KO Paper Products/Fairview Entertainment/Platinum Studios production. Directed by Jon Favreau. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby; story by Fergus & Ostby and Steve Oedekerk, based on Cowboys and Aliens (graph 2006) by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Cast includes Keith Carradine, ...

Crawford, Betty Anne

(1952-    ) US author who published fantasy novels [see Checklist below] as by Hendra Benoit, Lee Creighton, Maxwell Hurley and Sal Liquori; under her own name, she published her only sf novel, The Bushido Incident (1992), which depicts a twenty-first-century Earth dominated by Japanese corporations while Aliens from outer space begin to destabilize this system. [JC]

Lazenby, Norman A

(1914-2003) UK Pulp-magazine author, very prolific as an author of Westerns and detective novels, and a minor contributor to Genre SF. He began publishing sf with "A Matter of Size" for Fantasy in December 1946, and continued to publish stories under various names – W B Clarke, J Austin Jackson, Basil Sitty and the John Spencer & Co House Name Hamilton Donne – for several years, and then again for a few years after 1970. All his 1950s shorts appeared in the pocketbook magazines ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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