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Elmore, Larry

(1948-    ) American artist, sometimes credited as Larry D Elmore. After obtaining a BFA from Western Kentucky University in 1971, the draft forced Elmore into military service for two years; he then did artwork for the American government, National Lampoon, and Heavy Metal before accepting a position with TSR in 1981 to create and supervise their game-related art. During the next six years, along with many paintings for TSR books and games, Elmore produced a ...

Kerr, Alvah Milton

(1853-1924) US author active from 1888, who began publishing work of genre interest with "At the Styx's Marge" for Munsey's Magazine in March 1896, and whose Young Adult novel, Two Young Inventors: The Story of a Flying Boat (1904), describes the eponymous Invention and the lads' adventures piloting it. Kerr's late-life involvement in Theosophy seems ...

DeWeese, Gene

Working name of US technical author and author Thomas Eugene DeWeese (1934-2012), who began writing sf with two Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ties, The Invisibility Affair (1967) and The Mind-Twisters Affair (1967), both with Robert Coulson and signed, collaboratively, Thomas Stratton. Other novels with Coulson, both authors now signing their own names, include a routine sf adventure for ...

Agbabi, Patience

(1955-    ) UK poet and author, active from around 1995; her fourth volume of poems, Telling Tales (coll of linked poems 2014), comprises a retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (late fourteenth century). She is of sf interest for her first novel, The Infinity (2020), which initiates the Young Adult Leap Cycle sequence. The young protagonist, who with some others are able to engage in ...

Long, Jeff

(1951-    ) US author, initially of mountaineering novels, who made his genre debut with The Descent (1999). While including some mountaineering, this Horror thriller posits that the myth of Hell derives from a worldwide realm of Underground caverns inhabited by a Lost Race of "hadals". The hostile environment has caused many of these human-related cannibals to ...

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 ...



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