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Stiegler, Marc

(1954-    ) US software developer and author who began publishing his characteristic Hard-SF stories with "The Bully and the Crazy Boy" in Analog for November 1980, and whose short work, assembled in The Gentle Seduction (coll 1990), promulgates technological solutions to neatly couched problems (see Technology); "The Gentle Seduction" (April 1989 Analog), for instance, predicts the coming of the Singularity. David's Sling (1984) applies the same philosophy to problems of ...

Cheng Jingbo

(1983-    ) Chinese author and editor at Sichuan Children's Publishing House, deputy secretary general of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology. Such hefty connections within the publishing world, however, postdated her rise as an author, which began with "Xiang Pingguo Yiyang de Sikao" ["Thoughts Like an Apple"] (1999 Kehuan Shijie). Nominated for the Yinhe Award and winning a Xingyun Award, her works are notable both for the slowness of their appearance ...

Clarke's Laws

Three Laws – more accurately, guidelines – for sf authors and other practitioners of Futures Studies or Prediction, stated by Arthur C Clarke in Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible (1962; rev 1973; rev 1984; rev 2000): / 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. / 2. The only way of discovering the ...

Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into the ...

Teitelbaum, Michael

(?   -    ) US author of several Young Adult Ties to various Superhero series or films, including two Spider-Man stories: The Adventures of Spider-Man (2002), novelizing Spider-Man (2002), and Spider-Man 2: Friends and Foes (2004 chap), novelizing Spider-Man 2 (2004). Arrival (2002) novelizes Smallville (2002-2011); The Last Airbender Movie Novelization (2010) novelizes The Last Airbender (2010) (see M Night Shyamalan), with Trial by Fire (2010 chap) as 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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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