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Lakshminarayan, Lavanya

(?   -    ) Indian Videogame designer and author whose first book of fiction, Analog/Virtual: And Other Simulations of Your Future (coll of linked stories/fixup 2020), sophisticatedly overrides any restrictive classification of her portrait of the lives of twenty inhabitants of the distant Near Future Apex City, each occupying a story of their own through a close-third-person narrative lens that gives an insect-eye perspective on the whole. The City portrayed ...

Castle, Jack

Pseudonym of US professional stuntman, police officer and author Chris Tortora (?   -    ), in the first capacity employed for about a decade with Universal Studios. His first novel, Europa Journal (2015) – which at some early points is structurally evocative of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg and other films involving First Contact such as Stargate (1994) directed by Roland Emmerich – expands into unfettered ...

Mackie, Philip

(1918-1985) UK screenwriter whose Television drama, An Englishman's Castle (1978 3 episodes), depicts an England long occupied by Nazi Germany (see Hitler Wins); as its protagonist gradually begins to understand the depths of the tyranny he and his lover suffer under, the tale becomes both darker and more subtle. [JC]

Ruskin, Ronald

(1944-    ) Canadian medical doctor and author whose The Last Panic (1979), a Near Future tale in which a sudden Pandemic drives nearly everyone insane. [JC]

Barker, M A R

Working name of Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker, born Phillip Barker (1929-2012), US academic specializing in linguistics, game designer and author. His best-known genre creation is the enormously detailed Science Fantasy world of Tékumel (which see), the setting of his early Role Playing Game Empire of the Petal Throne (1975); further related RPGs followed. / Of Barker's five Tékumel novels, The Man of Gold (1984) – a Bildungsroman full of political intrigue and ...

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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