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Silverstein, Janna

(1962-    ) US editor, critic and author, in the latter capacity initially of fantasy stories beginning with "Her Mother's Cries" in Ghosttide (anth 1993) edited by Claudia O'Keefe; more recently she has written at least one Hard SF tale, "After This Life" (2008 Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show). With Tom Dupree and Jennifer Hershey she edited Full Spectrum 5 (anth 1995), which won a Locus Award for best Anthology. [JC]

Cassutt, Michael

(1954-    ) US scriptwriter/producer for Television, and author who began publishing sf with "A Second Death" for Amazing in June 1974. His numerous television credits include serving as staff writer for The Twilight Zone in 1986 and story editor for Max Headroom in 1987; he has also written scripts of Farscape (1999-2003, 2005), Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) and Andromeda (2000-2005), and has been a writer/co-producer for the SyFy Channel series Z Nation (2014-2018). His ...

Carlisle, Anne

(?1956-    ) US film actress and author who co-wrote the film Liquid Sky (1982) directed by Slava Tsukerman, and later novelized her script as Liquid Sky (1987). Both film and book display elements of spoof Gothic: Aliens are discovered in New York harvesting humans for the addictive chemical they give off at the moment of orgasm (see Sex), but they run across a young woman (played by Carlisle in the film) who is able to vaporize her lovers during sexual congress; she is a ...

Hyde, Mark Powell

(1881-1952) US author in whose Young Adult novel, The Strange Inventor: A Curious Adventure Story (1927), Merlin Time Travels incognito to the twentieth century, where he meets the young protagonist, and amazes him with the engineless car (another of his Inventions) in which he carries him away. The two visit the future, where adventures are had, and the past, ditto. Merlin himself is a distant precursor of the Mad Scientist in the Back to the Future films. [JC]

Spencer, Colin

(1933-    ) UK painter and author, active in the latter capacity from 1955, his short stories and novels almost never edging into the fantastic. Of sf interest is Asylum (1966), a Satire set in very Near Future Britain seen in Absurdist SF terms as exactly an asylum, one in which – in a manner similar to the Theatre of the Absurd – extravagant behaviours are staged, and theatricals ritually enacted, including a tri-annual Wild Hunt [see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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