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Goonan, Kathleen Ann

(1952-2021) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wanting to Talk to You" for Asimovs in 1991; a Round-Robin story, "The Darcy Bee" (February 1998 Omni Online) with John Clute, Elizabeth Hand, Jonathan Lethem and Kim Newman, has been dated 1988 in error: it is not her first publication. Goonan remains best-known for the Nanotech Cycle – comprising Queen City Jazz (1994), Mississippi Blues (1997), Crescent City Rhapsody (2000) and Light Music (2002) – which ...

Nojiri Hōsuke

(1961-    ) Japanese author, former CAD programmer and game designer, whose early career comprised Ties to the play-by-mail and later Role-Playing Game Creguian. His follow-up, Rocket Girls, chronicled the activities of a space agency launching from the Solomon Islands. The Anime world soon seized upon the attractive potential of his all-female cast (to save payload weight, apparently), leading to the animated series Rocket Girls (2007 WOWOW). / He won a Seiun Award for ...

Gregor, N Ter

(?   -?   ) UK author, possibly the working name of a person of Armenian descent, of The Star of the Sea: A Historical Novel (1897), a tale which if published a century later would have been described as dizzyingly Equipoisal: the protagonists of the tale, beginning in Persia in the sixth century BCE, finally achieve romantic union after travels Underground, Under the Sea, to the Moon, and into the deep past and to Victorian England via magical Time Travel. A ...

Bourke, Niall

(1981-    ) Irish teacher, poet and author, in UK for some time, active from around 2015; his first novel, Line (2021), which is set in an abstract but unmistakable Near Future Dystopian world, carries its protagonist, who had spent the first half of the tale in unending queues, from what seems a Purgatory out of Franz Kafka to Nodnol (ie London). The City, and seemingly the planet, is under corporation control; the protagonist's attempts to escape the trammels of the world ...

Satterfield, Susan

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Change" in Eldritch Tales for Fall 1993, and whose novella, Mirror Images (2002 chap), presents a nightmare world or Dimension in which everything is seen anew, to Satirical effect. [JC]

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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