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Taylor, Travis S

(1968-    ) US aerospace engineer, optician, broadcaster and author whose Hard SF Warp Speed sequence beginning with Warp Speed (2004) updates elements of the Edisonade as its multi-talented protagonist, named in part after Robert A Heinlein, creates a Hyperspace drive which opens the galaxy to an expanding human race; it also serves as a Weapon. The Tau Ceti Agenda sequence beginning with One Day on Mars (2007) is Military SF, with the government of Earth given the weight ...

Van Hise, Della

(1955-    ) US author who caused some controversy with her first and only Star Trek novel, Star Trek #24: Killing Time (1985; rev with expurgations 1987), her initial version reflecting elements of slash fiction (see Fan Language) through an implied sexual relationship between Captain Kirk and Mr Spock. Her later work in general emplaces romantic themes into fantasticated worlds, sometimes sf, though the first of these, Ragged Angels (1997; vt Sons of Neverland 2014), is a ...

Meier, Paul

(1945-    ) US psychiatrist, "father of the Christian Psychology movement", and author whose novels – the Millennium sequence including The Third Millennium (1993); plus The Fourth Millennium (1996) and Beyond the Millennium (2008), both with Robert L Wise – mix fantasy and sf together, or rather re-interpret sf tropes in Christian terms, so that although the Apocalypse and the End of the World may initially seem to wear an sf face, the actual outcomes are ...

Fischer, P J

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel Julia and the Dream Maker (2003) – first of a projected series – follows three young experimenters whose discoveries lead to AI and portals into other worlds. [JC]

Burroughs, John Coleman

(1913-1979) US illustrator and author, the younger son of Edgar Rice Burroughs and actively involved in his father's productions. He illustrated thirteen of Burroughs's titles, wrote a Big Little Book, John Carter of Mars (graph 1940), and subsequently drew the weekly newspaper Comic strip John Carter of Mars from December 1941 to its termination in 1943. This strip has been reproduced as John Carter of Mars (graph coll 1970). Burroughs's sf novel, Treasure of the Black Falcon (1967), features ...

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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