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Hughes, Matthew

(1949-    ) UK-born author, in Canada from a very early age, who has also published, under slightly unfocused variations of his name, some non-fantastic work as Matt Hughes and as Hugh Matthews. He began to publish short crime fiction as early as 1982, publishing short work of genre interest only well after releasing the Fillidor Vesh series – one of the several groups of stories and novels making up the overarching Archonate sequence – and comprising Fools ...

Hart, John

(?   -    ) UK author of Jizz (1992), a lightly Satirical sf speculative spoof set in Brighton, Sussex, in the twenty-first century. [JC]

Rossmann, John F

(1942-    ) US author of the Mind Masters sequence, beginning with The Mind Masters (1974), in which a Vietnam vet, whose ESP powers have been activated by trauma, joins a secret organization whose goal is to prevent the powers-that-be from subverting research into paranormal phenomena; as the series progresses, Equipoisal shifts between sf and supernatural horror weaken its occasional strengths. The last two volumes were as by Ian Ross. [JC]

Over the Garden Wall

US animated tv series (2014). Cartoon Network. Created by Patrick McHale. Directors include Nate Cash, Nick Cross and Bert Youn. Story by Amalia Levari, Tom Herpich, and Patrick McHale. Voice cast includes Emily Brundige, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Collin Dean, Christopher Lloyd, Melanie Lynskey, Samuel Ramey and Elijah Wood. Ten eleven-minute episodes, plus the pilot, Tome of the Unknown: Harvest Melody (2013). Colour. / Walking through a dark wood are Wirt (Wood), a fretful teenager wearing ...

Gravel, Geary

(1951-    ) US author and (since 1978) a Certified Sign Language Interpreter. Most of his later work has been fantasy [see Checklist], though he began publishing work of interest with the sf Autumnworld Mosaic sequence comprising The Alchemists (1984) and The Pathfinders (1986), set in a Galaxy abandoned by superior Aliens after they have passed their technologies on to the human race, which – now that it has benefited from this Uplift – proceeds to conquer the ...

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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