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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 ...

SLA Industries

Role Playing Game (1993). Nightfall Games. Designed by Dave Allsop. / SLA Industries is a game of satirical ultraviolence, set in a world-spanning City in an alternate Dimension (see Parallel Worlds). This universe is dominated by the eponymous corporation and its ruler, Mr Slayer. Its society is an exaggerated reflection of 1980s Anglo-Saxon ...

Thompson, Harlan

(1894-1987) US author, mostly of juvenile Westerns that generally involved young boys and horses, some written as by Stephen Holt; he was President of the writers' organization PEN for a time in the 1950s. He is of sf interest for Silent Running (1972), the official novelization of the film Silent Running (1972), which deals with a Ruined Earth after ...


Genre SF authors often depict futuristic swearing, blasphemy and other forms of foul speech, not always with any great conviction. Robert Graves's Lars Porsena; Or, the Future of Swearing and Improper Language (1927 chap; exp vt The Future of Swearing and Improper Language 1936) foreshadows the problem afflicting the SF Magazines for decades after the year of his ...

Campbell, Ramsey

(1946-    ) UK author, primarily of Horror, son-in-law of A Bertram Chandler; he has also published as Montgomery Comfort and Jay Ramsey, and under the House Names Carl Dreadstone and E K Leyton. His earliest work, dating from 1957 to 1963 (but not then released professionally), was assembled as two ...

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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