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Schmid, Susan Maupin

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Lost Time (2008), which is set on another planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), traces the plight of its young protagonist, for the disappearance of her archaeologist parents is tied to the past of the conquered world, to the time-travelling (see Time Travel) aboriginal Croon, and to the other Aliens who inhabit it. The story is complicated, but is at point diffuse. [JC]

Wiltshire, David

(1935-    ) UK author of several novels for Robert Hale Limited including three Genre SF tales under his own name, beginning with The Homosaur (1978), and one as by John Bedford, The Titron Madness (1984). A BBC Television serial adaptation of his Horror in SF tale Child of Vodyanoi (1978; vt The Nightmare Man 1981) – featuring multiple killings on a Scottish Island by an apparent Alien from a UFO, actually its deranged Russian quasi-Cyborg pilot – was broadcast ...

Schaefer, Charles

(?   -    ) US author of Star of the Sun (1997), whose protagonist in the distant Near Future discovers in a small Mediterranean Island a cuneiform reference to a mysterious Disaster; later, undergoing tribulations in a research establishment on Titan (see Outer Planets), he witnesses the devastation of Saturn by a giant Comet due later to strike Earth. Investigations prove that this comet had earlier caused a worldwide Disaster, as demonstrated by the ...

O'Brien, Caragh M

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Birthmarked Trilogy, comprising Birthmarked (2010), Prized (2011) and Promised (2012), begins in a Near Future American Dystopia where women, treated as obscenely fruitful breeders, are retained in oppressive Keeps. [JC]

Sidorova, J M

(?   -    ) Russian-born research scientist and author, in the USA from 1990, who began publish work of genre interest with "The Witch, The Tinman, The Flies" in Asimov's for August 2010. Her sf series, the Age of Ice sequence comprising The Age of Ice (2013) and The Colors of Cold: A New Story from the Age of Ice (2013 ebook), examines in sf and "literary" terms the range of implications of ice: the protagonist is conceived in 1740 in an historical ice ...

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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