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James, Brett

(?   -    ) US author of Space Operas, often with Military SF elements, featuring inimical Alien civilizations which threaten to dominate reachable space. They include The Deadfall Project (2012) and the Outer Rim Chronicles beginning with Tangent (2017). [JC]

Parker, Daniel

Pseudonym of US author Daniel Ehrenhaft (?   -    ), almost all of whose work has been for the Young Adult market, those books written under his own name not being fantastic. As Parker, he wrote the Countdown Alternate World sequence of twelve novels, published at monthly intervals during 1999, beginning with January (1998) and ending with December (1999). On 1 January 1999, a Disaster reduces the world's population to those nineteen years old and younger. The ...

Mayhew, Julie

(?   -    ) UK actor, playwright and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Red Ink (2013), engages peripherally with supernatural material. Her second novel, The Big Lie (2015), is a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History Britain under German rule around 2014, and conflates its protagonist's coming of age with the gradual growth of her understanding that the world she lives in is evil, and may destroy her; it won the long-form Sidewise Award for ...

Machen, Arthur

(1863-1947) Welsh translator, actor and author, born Arthur Llewellyn Jones, his parents adding Machen apparently in an attempt to please a rich relative. Machen was an isolated, lonely child, and was from a very early age deeply devoted both to romantic literature and to the Welsh landscape that visually dominated his writings all his life. He also imaginatively applied his extensive if somewhat random readings in the occult and metaphysics to his Welsh background. He was in London for long ...

Carey, Diane

(1954-    ) US author of some Gothic romances and historicals, mostly under her own name, though she has also written as by Lydia Gregory; as an sf writer, she has concentrated on Star Trek Ties, beginning with Dreadnought! (1986) and its direct sequel Battlestations! (1986) for the original series, and continuing to contribute to various of the successor and complementary sub-series of the empire, most notably perhaps titles in the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star ...

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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