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Frankau, Gilbert

(1884-1952) UK author known mainly for his work outside the sf field, most notably his Byronesque verse novel One of Us (1912) and its sequels, and dozens of popular romances; he was in active service for almost the whole of World War One, registering some of its effects on him in The City of Fear and Other Poems (coll 1917 chap). His mother Julia Frankau (1859-1916) wrote at least one supernatural novel as by Frank Danby (her regular pseudonym); he and his first wife Dorothea were the parents ...

Lynch, Chris

(1962-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Bearing Paul" in Night Terrors: Stories of Shadow and Substance (anth 1996) edited by Lois Duncan; his Young Adult Cyberia sequence beginning with Cyberia (2008) is set in a Near Future "wired" world; the young protagonist, after discovering that his friends – animals with implanted microchips that force them to tell lies – are not themselves happy, revolts, with ramifying consequences. ...

Simpson, D G B

(?   -    ) UK author of Anti-Gas (circa 1940-1945 chap), a World War Two tale in which Poison gas is defeated through pluck and a timely Invention. [JC]

Killough, Lee

(1942-    ) US author and Chief Technologist at the Department of Radiology, Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She began publishing sf with "Caveat Emptor" for Analog in May 1970, and until she began to focus primarily on novels around 1985 published about thirty stories, perhaps most notably the tales assembled as Aventine (coll of linked stories 1982), set in an artist's colony in a decadent future whose resemblance to that depicted in J G ...

Yansky, Brian

(1957-    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Sangrian Invasion sequence – comprising Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences (2010) and Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments (2013) – is set after an Alien Invasion has unhoused the young protagonist, who must learn how to survive while resisting the enemy. The Telepathic Sangrians combine a typical disdain for Homo sapiens and an evolved Ecological consciousness: their motives for genocide against ...

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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