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Petrucha, Stefan

(1959-    ) US author of Graphic Novels and Ties and some independent series and volumes for the Young Adult market, some of them of sf and horror interest. Sequences include the Timetripper tales, beginning with Timetripper Book One: Yestermorrow (2006), set in the world of his Comic, Squalor; and the Wicked Dead sequence of horror tales beginning with Wicked Dead #1: Lurker (2007) with Thomas Pendleton; his Nancy Drew series of graphic novels tied to the long-time ...

Slater, Ian

(1941-    ) Australian-born political scientist and author, in Canada from the 1970s; most of his singletons, beginning with Firespill (1977), are Technothrillers, sometimes involving Disasters beyond the yet-experienced, and Technology-driven solutions. Of more direct sf interest is the World War III sequence beginning with WW III: World War III (1990), in which World War Three between (mainly) America and the USSR begins in a not exactly specified Near Future. Various ...

Jaeger, Muriel

(1892-1969) UK author who took an English degree at Oxford and was a member there of a group of women writers, including Dorothy L Sayers (1893-1957), which called itself the Mutual Admiration Society. Her first sf work, The Question Mark (1926), depicts a Utopian UK of 200 years hence (as witnessed by the protagonist, who has been roused from a cataleptic trance; see Sleeper Awakes) and shows strongly the influences of William Morris, Edward Bellamy and H G Wells, though she deliberately ...

Puerto Rico

As is well known, owing to the particular political situation of the island as a de facto colony of the United States, all Puerto Ricans hold US citizenship and, therefore, may live either on the island or on the mainland; some publish in Spanish and others in English. The latter is the case for Miami-born James Stevens-Arce, perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screenplays, commercials, short ...

Cochrane, William E

(1926-1993) US author who began publishing sf with "How High on the Ladder?" for Fantasy Book #7 in 1950, writing as Leo Paige. As S Kye Boult from 1971 – a name inspired by his work for Douglas Aircraft on the Skybolt air-to-air missile – and also under his own name from 1973, he began to publish in Analog the hard-edged sf adventures, like "Whalekiller Grey" (October 1973 Analog), for which he became better known. Class Six Climb (1980), told from the viewpoint of a giant ...

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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