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Kenson, Stephen

(1969-    ) US Game designer and author whose sf books include several actively told novels Tied to the Shadowrun Role Playing Game, beginning with Shadowrun: Technobabel (1998), plus the less interesting BattleTech: Mech Warrior: Ghost of Winter (1999), set in the Battletech game universe, and Wings of Fortune: Pirate's Gold (2000), set in an Alternate History America that, balkanized after World War One, has taken on aspects of the Ruined Earth. [JC]

MacAvoy, R A

(1949-    ) US author, primarily of Fantasy – which tends to be quirky, well written and scholarly about historical detail – and of one sf novel. Her first book, Tea with the Black Dragon (1983), is a witty contemporary fantasy about the friendship that grows between a middle-aged woman musician and an ageless Oriental who is probably the human incarnation of a dragon. The sequel was Twisting the Rope: Casadh an t'Súgáin (1986). The Trio for Lute ...

Maynard, William Patrick

(1971-    ) US author who has written extensively about Sax Rohmer and his notorious Yellow Peril character Fu Manchu. He began to publish work of genre interest with the authorized Sequel by Another Hand The Terror of Fu Manchu (2009), following this novel with The Destiny of Fu Manchu (2012). Relatively little use is made of sf tropes, beyond (characteristically for this Villain) exotic means of delivering Poison. A further Fu Manchu sequel is expected. [DRL]

Kenyon, Ernest M

(1920-1980) US author who began to publish sf with "Security" for Astounding in October 1955, but did not actively pursue a career in the genre. Rogue Golem (1977) is an sf adventure about an Android who, in a highly regimented Near Future, by suspecting his nature violates his programming. [JC]

Gurren Lagann

Japanese animated tv series (2007). Original title Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan. Gainax. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Narushi Ikeda, Marina Inoue, Tetsuya Kakihara, Katsuyuki Konishi and Masaya Onosaka. 27 24-minute episodes. Colour. / After the leader of the Underground village of Gihal mocks the claim of teenager Kamina (Konishi) that there is a surface world, Gihal is attacked by a Mecha. With the help of gun-toting Yoko (Inoue), Kamina and ...

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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