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Quick, Dorothy

(1896-1962) US playwright, poet and author who began publishing in very early adulthood, her first story of genre interest seeming to be "An Italian Night" for the US Pearson's Magazine in January 1924; most of her work was fantasy or horror. Of sf interest is Strange Awakening (1938), a Planetary Romance whose protagonist, transferred to Venus through the ...

Pyle, Nathan W

(1982-    ) US television production designer, cartoonist and author best known for his popular webcomic Strange Planet, launched in February 2019 and set in a world of typically blue, hairless, Alien (though Pyle avoids this term) humanoids shaped rather like the traditional Alien Greys of ufological tradition (see UFOs). These beings constantly discuss or enact human quirks and human situations with the kind of ...

Stein, Benjamin

(1944-    ) US actor (as Ben Stein), lawyer, journalist and author, an advocate of intelligent design in Evolution, apparently arguing that a proper understanding of the theory of evolution showed that it led inevitably to Eugenics and the excesses of Nazi Germany. His first novel, On the Brink (1977) with Herbert Stein, depicts a ...

Singleton, Linda Joy

(1957-    ) US author of paranormal romances for the Young Adult market, including the My Sister, the Ghost sequence, the Seer sequence and the Dead Girl sequence (none of these are listed below). Of sf interest is the Regeneration sequence beginning with Regeneration (2000) as L J Singleton, whose five volumes follow the fraught childhood and adolescence of five Clones ...

Treggiari, Jo

(1965-    ) UK-born author in Canada from an early age. The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton (2006), for younger children, carries its child protagonist to various Monster-packed Parallel Worlds, more or less by Magic;the young protagonist of the Young Adult tales Ashes, Ashes (2011) survives in Central Park a ...

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 ...

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