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Peck, Richard E

(1936-    ) US author and academic and university administrator, an active critic of both literature in general and sf in particular. He began publishing sf with "In Alien Waters" for Venture in November 1969. His sf novel, Final Solution (1973), is an amusing but grim tale in which a US academic is sent fifty years into the future (through Cryonics) to find universities and Cities merged into a hideous conglomerate Keep and sealed off, with Middle America living comfortably ...

Aycock, Dale

(1935-    ) US teacher and author whose first two sf novels – Stardrifter (1981) and Starspinner (1981) – are enjoyable Space Opera adventures, complete with Starship pilots, Villains, and a "forbidden star system" or two. After a long silence between 1981 and 2007, she continued the Starspinner sequence with Starspinner II – Last Man Standing (2007), adding the further volume Dark Minds (2016) almost a decade later. Further standalone novels have also ...

Divya, S B

(?   -    ) Indian-born engineer, editor, anthologist and author, in America since the age of five, who has also worked as by Divya Breed; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Strange Attractors" in Daily Science Fiction for June 2014, assembling this tale with a wide range of other work, mostly set in high-tech Near Future worlds, as Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (coll 2019). Runtime (2016), a novella, ...

Robinson, Eleanor

(?   -?1988) US author in whose first novel, Chrysalis of Death (1976), a disastrous primordial germ changes people into beasts (see Devolution). A brave doctor fights the menace; there is soap opera and Sex. The Silverleaf Syndrome (1980; vt The Freak 1985) was a less noticeable incursion into similar territory, in which Biology is horrid (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Adair, Gilbert

(1944-2011) Scottish literary theorist, critic, translator and author, in France 1968-1980, subsequently in the UK. His fiction has some fantasy interest, including his two Sequels by Other Hands for Young Adult readers, Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) and Peter Pan and the Only Children (1987), respectively sequelling Lewis Carroll and James Barrie (1830-1937); his adult novels – though they engage their protagonists in extreme situations, and explore thin partitions between Cinema ...

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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