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Sawyer, Jamie

(1979-    ) UK barrister and author whose work to date consists almost exclusively of contributions to his Lazarus Universe Military SF sequences. In the first of these, the Lazarus War series beginning with The Lazarus War: Artefact (2015), the chief ongoing protagonist Captain Conrad Harris of the Simulant Operations Programme undergoes repeated deaths leading his team in suicide missions over various locations ...

Fried, Seth

(?   -    ) US journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre" (31 August 2009 One Story), but much of whose short fiction is nonfantastic, though "Manhattan in 11031 AD" (11 June 2015 The New Yorker) is a deft Ruins-And-Futurity exercise. He is primarily of sf interest for his first novel, The Municipalists (2019), an ...

Introduction to the First Edition

Basically, there are two ways of researching a reference book. The first, and unhappily perhaps the more common, is for the compilers to cannibalize previous reference books for information. The trouble with this system, apart from a certain unfairness to pioneer workers who are sometimes not even credited, although heavily copied, is that it tends to repeat mistakes: actual errors are sometimes carried through four or five books until finally, because of the "authority" of the printed word, ...

Viereck, George S

(1884-1962) German-born author, in US from 1896, naturalized 1910; he was a close friend of Nicola Tesla. Though well known between the Wars as an apologist for defeated Germany, as in The Kaiser on Trial (1937), his views on Hitler were considerably more guarded, though deeply offensive in their anti-semitism. On his refusal to register as a German lobbyist or agent in World War Two he was imprisoned, gaining his release only in 1947. His first ...

Early Edition

US tv series (1996-2000). Tristar Television and Sony International Television for CBS. Created by Ian Abrams, Patrick Q Page and Vik Rubenfeld. Executive producers include Bob Brush, Lillah McCarthy and Jeff Melvoin. Directors included Mel Damski, Gary Nelson, Scott Paulin and James Quinn. Writers include Patrick Sean Clark, Carla Kentner, Jeff Melvoin and Alex Taub. Cast includes Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens and Billy Worley. 90 41-minute episodes. Colour. / Gary ...

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 ...

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