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Coleman, Loren L

(?1968-    ) US author, exclusively of Ties, first in the Battletech Role Playing Game world, then in the related world of BattleTech: MechWarrior: Dark Age; he has been highly praised by aficionados of these games for the quality of his novelizations. He has also written the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures: Legends of Kern series Tied to the universe of Robert E Howard's Conan. There are also some individual titles. Loren L Coleman should not be confused with Loren ...

Templeton, Timothy

Pseudonym of US author Charles Adams (?   -?   ), whose sf Satire on antebellum America, The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth; Or, the Little Quibbles of Great Governments (1856), though allegorized as a series of letters to Uncle Sam, does feature a voyage in a Balloon at such a speed that the Sun is overtaken. [JC]

Kirkup, James

(1918-2009) UK-born academic, translator, poet and author who left England permanently in 1956, long before the hoicked-up "scandal" of his gay poem about Christ, "The Love that Dares to Speak its Name" (3 June 1976 Gay News), resulted in the last successful conviction for blasphemy in the UK; securely resident abroad, Kirkup did not attend these proceedings. His first book, The Cosmic Shape: An Interpretation of Myth and Legend with Three Poems and Lyrics (coll 1946) with Ross Nichols ...

Wood, Samuel Andrew

(1887-1966) UK journalist and prolific author, mostly of thrillers, active in the Magazines from about 1911; he wrote four works of some interest, three of them Lost Race tales: The Isle of Forgotten People (1925) as by Thompson Cross, an unusually violent example of this subgenre set in a radium-rich ring of extinct volcanoes in China; Winged Heels (1927), in which a quest for a kidnapped woman leads into the heart of Central American Lost World territory; and The Aztec Temple (1955), ...

Walton, Barbara E

(?   -    ) US author of a Shared World Tie to the Television series Quantum Leap, Quantum Leap: Odyssey (1995), whose storyline reflects the general bent of, but does not duplicate any episode in, the actual series. [JC]

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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