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Mace, David

(1951-    ) UK translator and author whose first novel, Demon-4 (1984), describes with a quite chilling quasilyrical remoteness a Post-Holocaust suicide mission undertaken, just after the end of World War Three, by the eponymous Cyborg probe in order to dismantle a doomsday device. Most of his later Technothrillers, like Nightrider (1985), Fire Lance (1986), The Highest Ground (1988), Shadow Hunters (1991) and Chasing the Sun (1992), rework his territory, which might be ...


US semiprofessional quarterly Online Magazine, subtitled "Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction" and also available as an ebook; published by the Niggerati Space Station, a virtual community of writers established by Troy L Wiggins. / Fiyah began in January (Winter) 2017 and is devoted to stories "by and about the Black People of the African diaspora". It was founded by Phenderson Djèlí Clark and Troy L Wiggins along with the author Justina Ireland, who helped finance the ...

Latner, Alexis Glynn

(1957-    ) US author, librarian and creative-writing teacher who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wanderers" as Alexis G Latner for Analog in June 1990, and who is primarily known for Hard SF stories published in that magazine; in her first novel, Hurricane Moon (2007), a team of humans departs a terminally polluted Earth to find an inhabitable planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds; Pollution), a hegira which ends at a suitable double world, where issues of ...

Star Trek: Insurrection

Film (1998). Paramount. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Michael Piller; story Rick Berman & Piller. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Frakes, Gates McFadden, Donna Murphy, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 103 minutes. Colour. / A utopian world with a fountain of youth is targeted by the Federation for appropriation at the expense of the resident population, who turn out to be post-technological and thus undefended by Prime Directive; the ...

Banks, Tony

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as the keyboard-player and founder-member of Genesis, Banks released a number of solo albums, none of which enjoyed commercial success. The first of these, A Curious Feeling (1979), is a concept-album adaptation of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966), very Genesis-like in sound, with vocals by Scottish singer Kim Beacon (1957-2005). [AR]

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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