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Fforde, Jasper

(1961-    ) UK author who worked in the film industry as a focus puller (the task of maintaining image sharpness on what is being shot) and began publishing with The Eyre Affair (2001), the first volume of his Thursday Next sequence, set in an Alternate World 1985. In this reality – which playfully might be called an Alternate Cosmos – standard alternate-world conventions are honoured, sometimes in passing: Wales is an independent state; the Crimean War has ...

Walker, Karen Thompson

(1980-    ) US creative writing instructor and author in whose first novel, the Young Adult The Age of Miracles (2012), a teenager awakens in a Near Future suburb to find that her inner turmoils are mirrored at a planetary level, with Earth slowing in orbit and Gravity suffering distortions, all of which puts her coming of age at risk. In Walker's second novel, The Dreamers (2019), a mysterious Pandemic puts adolescent girls into deep sleep, one by one, a state in which they ...

Fitzgibbon, Constantine

(1919-1983) US-born author, in the UK after the mid-1930s, in Ireland after about 1965, much of whose fiction reflected a complexly conservative cast of mind. His first sf novel, The Iron Hoop (1949), describes an occupied city after World War Three; resistance is doomed. When the Kissing Had to Stop (1960) depicts in Anglophobe terms the self-destruction of a UK dominated by a Communist-inspired government. Less known but more remarkable, The Golden Age (1975) treats the Post-Holocaust ...

Zelazny, Roger

(1937-1995) US author, born in Ohio, with an MA from Columbia University in 1962. In 1962-1969 he was employed by the Social Security Administration in Cleveland, Ohio, and Baltimore, Maryland; from 1969 he wrote full-time. His arrival in the sf world in 1962, at the same time as Samuel R Delany, Thomas M Disch and Ursula K Le Guin, marked that year as a milestone in what seemed at the time to be the inevitable maturing of sf into a complex and sophisticated literature, whose language might ...

Fullilove, Eric James

(1954-    ) US accountant, business executive and author of the Jenny Sixa sequence of Near Future detective thrillers comprising Circle of One (1996) and The Stranger (1997); the female investigator involved is a Telepath and (as is the author) Black, and is stalked in the second volume. Blowback (2001) pushes the envelope of the Near Future, as a high-level American government agent, who may have augmented senses, tries to prevent a nuclear war; The Zero Day Event (2008) ...

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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