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Catran, Ken

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include scripts for Children of the Dog Star (1984, six episodes), about an Alien who is lost on earth and adopted ...

Schroeder, Karl

(1962-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Pools of Air" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott, collecting some of his short fiction in The Engine of Recall (coll 2005). The Claus Effect (coll 1997) with David Nickle is a surprisingly savage Satire on the Near Future world, Equipoisally combining fantasy and sf (see Horror in SF); in the first section of the tale, "The Toy Mill" (in Tesseracts4, anth ...

Baen Books

US publishing company founded in 1983 by Jim Baen by arrangement with Simon and Schuster, which wanted Baen to preside over a makeover of the Pocket Books sf line but agreed to his counter-proposal of an independent company providing genre publications for distribution through Simon and Schuster. Baen Books, publishing only sf and fantasy, has maintained itself as a full and genuine publisher – generally specializing in Military SF, though the range of authors it publishes is fairly wide, ...

Maltese, William

Primary pseudonym of US author William J Lambert Jr (1944-    ), most of whose work is erotica, some gay, some hetero; two of these are sf: the Tlen series comprising g Five Roads to Tlen (1970) and The Gods of Tlen (1970), both as William J Lambert, III, and Bond-Shattering (2005), the latter being a Space Opera in which relations between species are governed by a compelling aphrodisiac. The Crystal of Power sequence comprising The Crystal of Power (1980) as by Adriana ...

Wilson, Gahan

(1930-2019) American artist and author, best known for his work outside the genre as a cartoonist, his career beginning in the mid-1940s; associated mainly for many decades with such Slick magazines as Playboy (from 1957) and The New Yorker (from 1980). The bizarre and often macabre sense of Humour he displayed in his innumerable cartoons, though influenced by such precursors as Charles Addams, has had a broad impact on the style and substance of American culture as a whole. He drew in ...

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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