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Cambias, James L

(?   -    ) US game designer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Diagram of Rapture" in F&SF for April 2000, having already begun to work on projects like the GURPS Role Playing Game system; he has continued to work as a games designer. His first sf novel is the complex A Darkling Sea (2014), parts of the tale being based on an earlier story, The Ocean of the Blind (April 2004 F&SF; 2006 ebook). It shows in its worldbuilding ...


The National Fantasy Fan Federation, formed in the USA in 1941; this was the brain-child of Damon Knight, who called for it in a Fanzine article titled "Unite – or Fie!" (October 1940 Fanfare ed Art Widner). After a succession of short-lived and factional US fan associations in the 1930s, the N3F proved a stable and enduring national organization. However, despite its long existence, it has maintained a relatively low level of membership and activity and has had no great influence on ...

Berger, Yves

(1931-2004) French author, editor and literary journalist whose Alternate History novel, Le sud (1962; trans Robert Baldick as The Garden 1963), is set in an antebellum Virginia. One other novel of possible genre interest has not yet appeared in English: Le monde après la pluie ["The World After the Rain"] (1998) sees eight characters fleeing the End of the World who find themselves in an unspoilt neolithic land. The novel is written in a deliberately emphatic and incantatory style ...

Gillmore, Parker

(1835-1900) UK soldier, hunter and author, mostly of travel books published 1869-1896, often as by Ubique. His sf novel, The Amphibion's Voyage (1885), is a tale shaped suspiciously like a travelogue, but manages to evoke some interest for the eponymous amphibious vehicle, which carries its passengers through Africa into encounters with a sea Monster or two. [JC]

Brin, David

(1950-    ) US author with advanced degrees in engineering and physics, who began publishing sf with his first novel, Sundiver (1980), which is also the first volume in the ongoing Uplift sequence (see Uplift), for which he remains best known: it continued with Startide Rising (1983; rev 1985) and The Uplift War (1987), the two being assembled as Earthclan (omni 1987); a further integrated sequence, the Uplift Storm Trilogy, includes Brightness Reef (1995), Infinity's Shore ...

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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