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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 ...

Sundarji, Krishnamswamy

(1930-1999) Indian soldier (Indian Chief of Staff 1986-1998) and author born Krishnamswamy Sundararajan but universally known under the shortened form of his surname; his Blind Men of Hindoostan: Indo-Pak Nuclear War (1993) places in a Near Future setting a series of speculations, some barely fictionalized, as to the nature of a Future War between India and Pakistan. [JC]

Carr, John F

(1944-    ) US author who began publishing sf with The Ophidian Conspiracy (1976), an unpretentious Space Opera which demonstrated considerable imagination but a stylistic gaucheness; both characteristics mark his subsequent novels, Pain Gain (1977) and Carnifax Mardi Gras (extract February 1982 Fantasy Book as "Dance of the Dwarfs"; 1982), though the latter shows a ...

Liddle, Carl

(1897-1968) US journalist and author of Tunchi (1933) with David Thibault, an unusually well-researched Lost Race tale set in South America and attempting to present the possible characteristics of an ancient Amerindian civilization. [JC]

Thompson, Alice

(?   -    ) Scottish musician and author who first became known as a founding member of the rock band The Woodentops in 1983, leaving in the 1987. She has been active as a writer from around 1990, most of her fiction consisting of Gothic explorations of extreme states, as in her first novel Justine (1990) which intricately replays, while reversing in Feminist terms, the implications of ...

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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