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Burkett, Larry

(1939-2003) US radio host and author, mostly of nonfiction, including several popular texts on how to succeed in business from a Christian perspective. He is of sf interest for the Illuminati sequence beginning with The Illuminati (1991), set in a Near Future America taken over by the eponymous pagan Secret Masters, with only a few Christians (see Religion) prepared to resist. In ...

Afsharirad, David

(?   -    ) US short story writer, editor and anthologist whose first genre story was "Model Home" for Space and Time in Summer 2011. From 2015 he has edited the Year's Best Military SF series beginning with The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera (anth 2015) [for further titles see Checklist below]; this series still continues. [RR] /

Yancey, Rick

Working name of Richard Yancey (1962-    ) US author, mostly of fantasy and horror, including his first two series, the Alfred Kropp sequence beginning with The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), an Arthurian fantasy set in the modern world with various Secret Masters vying over the proper use of the sword Excalibur, and the Monstrumologist sequence beginning with The Monstrumologist ...

Basque SF

The Basque language, known as Euskera, is spoken by around 750,000 inhabitants of Basque Country and Navarre in Spain, and the department of the Atlantic Pyrenees in France. However, according to statistics, just over half are fully competent: not only understanding the language but being able to speak and write it correctly. Of these, only 100,000 people read literature in Basque and a bare 6% sf, too few for a stable community of sf ...

Clarke, Lindsay

(1939-    ) UK poet and author whose work in general navigates the water margins of Fantastika; though sf elements cannot be said to dominate, his narratives are in fact complexly polyvalent [for a somewhat different take on his work, see his entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Clarke's first novel, Sunday Whiteman (1987), examines dilemmas of ...

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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