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Melchiorri, Anthony J

(?   -    ) US biomedical engineer and author, often in collaboration with Nicholas Sanbury Smith, whose entry see for the joint Extinction Cycle: Dark Age sequence beginning with Extinction Shadow (2019). His other work is all solo. His first novel, which is like most of his work focused on heavily foregrounded action responses to planetary crises, is The God Organ (2014). His first series, Black Market DNA sequence beginning with Enhancement (2014), focuses ...

Wellman, Bert J

(?   -?   ) US author of The Legal Revolution of 1902: By a Law-Abiding Revolutionist (1898), which describes, as its title argues, a slow Near Future revolution in America, climaxing around 1920 in the election of a president who represents the best hope for Utopia, and a solution to an issue which has continued to bedevil America in the early twenty-first century: capital-driven destruction of traditional industries and communities. [JC]

Straczynski, J Michael

(1954-    ) US Television producer, playwright, journalist and author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Last Testament for Nick and the Trooper" in Shadows 6 (anth 1983) edited by Charles L Grant; his first novel, Demon Night (1988), like most of his fiction not connected to his television work, has been horror; further titles include OtherSyde (1989), which ends with Los Angeles in flames (see California; Horror in SF), and is Tribulation (2000), also set ...

O'Riordan, Robert

(1943-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Cadre sequence of Space Operas comprising Cadre One (1985), Cadre Lucifer (1987) and Cadre Messiah (1988) follows the career of orphaned space cadet Pol Tryees into adventurous adulthood across the Galactic Empire, which he comes to understand and perhaps to rule. [JC]

Broster, D K

(1877-1950) UK author of historical and weird fiction, noted within the fantasy genre for Couching at the Door (coll 1942) and for "Clairvoyance" in A Fire of Driftwood (coll 1932). Her evocatively titled World under Snow (1935) with G Forester is not sf, although sometimes listed as such, but a murder mystery with a winter setting. [JE] see also: Fantasy Entries. /

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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