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McIntyre, Vonda N

(1948-2019) US author and geneticist, one of the earliest successful graduates of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, which she attended in 1970. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Breaking Point" for Venture in February 1970, and gained prominence with "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" (October 1973 Analog), which won a Nebula for Best Novelette and served as the initial section of Dreamsnake (fixup 1978), her best-known novel to date, for which she won another Nebula as ...

Berry, D Bruce

(1924-1998) US Comics artist and inker, illustrator and author who also wrote as by Morgan Drak and Jeff Douglas; he was much involved in sf Fandom after his release from the army around 1945, until the end of the 1980s. Berry was active as an illustrator, mostly for Fanzines, from 1948 or earlier, some of his early work appearing in William L Hamling magazines, including Imagination and Imaginative Tales. Beginning in the late 1960s and extending until the early 1980s, he worked as an inker ...

Daniels, Karen

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Life-Giver" for Keen SF in 1997 as by Karen M Daniels, and whose Zaddack Tales sequence – comprising Dancing Suns (2000), Mentor's Lair (2001) and Mindspark (2002) – joins a human female, possibly the sole survivor of her race in this Far Future venue, with an Alien known as the zaddack, which or who has bonded with her from birth and shares Psi Powers with her. In the zaddack's company, she ...

Elliott, Bruce

(1914-1973) US author and editor, active mainly in the sf field in the early 1950s, though his first story of genre interest was "Jungle Jazz" for Doc Savage magazine in June 1944; in the 1940s, he also wrote several stories for the magazine sequence The Shadow (see The Shadow). His sf novels – Asylum Earth (October 1952 Startling; 1968) and The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck (1970) – are routine adventures. [JC] see also: Dimensions. /

Starta, Gary

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose novels tend to emplace cross-over elements, short of Equipoisal thrust, into noirish environments, some of these titles being gathered into the Caitlin Diggs series. Of most sf interest are What Are You Made Of (2005); Alzabreah's Island (2008), which provides an Island setting for Genetic Engineering of males into Sex slaves; Myopic (2009 chap), in which an Alien's attempt to provide Earth with a Pollution-defeating ...

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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