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Stirling, S M

(1953-    ) French-born author in Canada from childhood; he took out US citizenship in 2003. He began publishing work of genre interest with Snowbrother (1985), the first volume of the Fifth Millennium fantasy sequence, which continued with The Sharpest Edge (1986) with Shirley Meier, The Cage (1989) with Meier, and Shadow's Son (1991) with Meier and Karen Wehrstein. It was, however, with his second series, the Alternate-History Draka sequence – Marching through ...

Donnelly, Marcos

(1962-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "As a Still Small Voice" for Full Spectrum 2 (anth 1989) edited by Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout and Pat LoBrutto, and whose continuing, comic, Satirical focus on issues of Religion in a Western World increasingly assaulted by fundamentalisms surfaces most tellingly in his two novels: Prophets for the End of Time (1998), a fantasy in which genuine angels run up against institutional Christianity ...

Bingham, Frederick

(?   -?   ) UK dramatist and author, whose The Cap Becomes a Coronet: A Downstairs Romance. A.D. 19— (1894 chap) lightly spoofs social customs of the Near Future. [JC]

Ziemann, Hans-Heinrich

(1944-    ) German author known outside his native land primarily for being the partner of actor Rita Tushingham (1942-    ); of sf interest is Explosion im Atomkraftwerk (1976; trans Joachim Neugroschel as Explosion 1978; rev vt as The Accident 1979), a Near Future tale describing the Disaster of a vast and at least initially uncontrollable explosion in a nuclear power plant in the Rhine Valley. [JC]

Everett, Percival

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the early 1960s, whose twenty-two novels variously and imaginatively press against mimetic readings; though most are nonfantastic, there is a sense that many of them pan the water margins of Fantastika. There are several novels of sf interest. In Zulus (1990), a Near Future tale set after the end of a nuclear World War Three, the one fertile woman who has survived becomes pregnant. The infant protagonist of Glyph (1999) cannot ...

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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