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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Warburton, Nick

(1947-    ) UK dramatist, screenwriter and author one of whose first plays, Zartan (1988) is a Parody of the Tarzan universe, in which young Zartan falls from a plane and is raised by ants; it was turned into a Young Adult tale as Zartan as Told to Nick Warburton by Armpits the Second (1988 chap). Many of Warburton's later plays contain fantasy elements, ...

Sellings, Arthur

Pseudonym of UK bookseller and author Arthur Gordon Ley (1921-1968), who began publishing sf stories with "The Haunting" for Authentic Science Fiction in October 1953; the best of his output of about thirty tales was assembled in Time Transfer (coll 1956; with five stories cut 1966) and The Long Eureka (coll 1968). In the 1960s his productivity increased; he died (suddenly, of a heart attack) just as he was ...

Pern [series]

Very popular series of Planetary Romance/Science Fantasy tales by Anne McCaffrey (whom see for fuller discussion). The initial Pern stories are the Hugo-winning "Weyr Search" (October 1967 Analog) and the Nebula-winning "Dragonrider" (December 1967-January 1968 Analog), ...

Yerxa, Leroy

(1915-1946) US author for the Pulp magazines, particularly the Ziff-Davis productions Amazing and Fantastic Adventures. He published under his own name and under some pseudonyms, the main one being Elroy Arno; others included Lee Francis which evolved into a House Name after his death (see also Frances Yerxa below as possible author under ...

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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