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Overholser, Stephen

(1944-    ) US author, mostly of Westerns, including his sf novel, Wild West Rider (1985), a Tie to the Time Machine Shared World series, whose hero becomes involved, via Time Travel, with the traditional West. [JC]

Defiance [game]

Videogame (2013). Trion Worlds. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / The Television series Defiance (2013-current) is set on a near future Earth which has been transformed into an alien frontier. In the programme's backstory a civilization made up of diverse alien species arrives from another star, looking for a new home after the destruction of their own solar system. (The most prominent writer for the show, Rockne ...

Gansky, Alton

(1953-    ) US Baptist minister, entrepreneur and author; several of his avowedly Christian novels are of sf interest, including Dark Moon (2002), in which the Moon is mysteriously stained with a kind of Sign; Angel (2007), in which a Mysterious Stranger from another planet seems to promise revelations pleasing to those of a religious bent, but who may in fact represent darker ...

Elton, Ben

Working name of UK television comedian, playwright and author Benjamin Charles Elton (1959-    ), well known for the contumely and sharpness of his early stand-up verbal Satire; in the 1980s, he was equally well-known for his writing and for his delivery of his own scripts. More recently, he has attracted criticism for his more anodyne later work, which includes lyrics for undemanding stage shows, including the jukebox musical ...

Strandberg, Mats

(1976-    ) Swedish journalist and author, most of whose novels to date have been fantasy, including the Engelfors Trilogy beginning with Cirkeln (2011; trans Per Carlsson as The Circle 2012), all with Sara Bergmark Elfgren (1980-    ). He is of sf interest for Slutet (2018; trans Judith Kiros as The End 2020), which is set in a ...

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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