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Rosenberg, Aaron

(1969-    ) US author of Ties under his own name and as by Cris Ramsay; they include work for the Games Workshop Warhammer universe, beginning with Warhammer: Day of the Daemon (2006); for the World of Warcraft universe (see Online Worlds), beginning with World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness (New York: Pocket Star, 2007); and the Television series Eureka, beginning with Eureka; Substitution Method (2010) as by Cris Ramsay. He has also written several individual ties to ...

Werner, C L

(?   -    ) UK author who has published some horror fiction but has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties to the Warhammer Wargame universe (one title as by Bruno Lee) and to the related Warhammer 40,000 sequence, his contributions to the latter world being restricted to Warhammer 40,000: Siege of Castallax (2012) and Warhammer 40,000: Cult of the Warmason (2017). His professional gifts are here appropriately applied to the Medieval Futurism that governs ...

Harpur, Patrick

(1950-    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Serpent's Circle (1985; vt Serpent's Circle 1985), a secret monastic order called The Little Brothers of the Apostles unleashes its old Religion against the Roman Catholic Church; the Little Brothers, a cohort of Secret Masters, do not themselves reappear in Harpur's work, though a sense of arcane empowerment irradiates his presentation of various forms of alchemy. The Rapture (1986) narrows the focus to the fiery spiritual ...

Shinjō Kazuma

(?   -    ) Japanese author whose early success came in 1991 with a Tie to a Play-by-Mail game: Hōrai Gakuen ["Penglai Academy"] set at a huge, 100,000-strong school of duellists and schemers, itself on an offshore island that takes its name from that of the "isles of the immortals" in Chinese legend. His subsequent work has largely remained in the multiple chapbook format known as Light Novels in Japan (see also Motoko Arai; Yuichi Sasamoto), a genre in ...

Smith, William Wye

(1827-1917) UK-born minister, teacher, journalist, poet and author, in Canada from the age of ten, active as a poet from 1850. He is of sf interest for Vetulia: or, Going to the Bottom of Things (first version August 1875 New Dominion Monthly as "First Visit to Vetulia"; full text 1880 Advertiser: rev 1891), a Utopia whose social structure is shaped around the Immortality of its inhabitants. The long publishing history of the text seems to essentially to preclude the influence of Edward ...

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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