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Smith, Nicholas Sansbury

(1983-    ) US author whose several series have generally focused on Near Future Holocausts and/or Disasters, the first of these being the Orbs sequence beginning with Orbs (2013), where it is decided that Ecologically ravished Earth must be abandoned, but the overnight wiping-out by Aliens of almost every human being (see Last Man) puts paid to the scheme to settle Mars. In the Extinction Cycle beginning with Extinction Horizon (2014), a crack military team (see Military ...

Hartman, Keith

(1966-    ) US film-maker and author who has worked in various genres, mostly nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for his Gumshoe sequence of Near Future crime thrillers beginning with The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse (1999), set in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-2020s; the protagonist, a gay private eye (see Sex) finds himself entangled, sometimes spoofishly, with gangs and fanatics occupying the great, sometimes comically dysfunctional City. In Gumshoe Gorilla ...

Reader, E E

(1847-1930) UK publisher's clerk and author of Priestess and Queen: A Tale of the White Race of Mexico: Being the Adventures of Ignigene and her Twenty-Six Fair Maidens (1899), a Prehistoric SF tale set in Mexico, during the time when a superior white civilization ruled the territory (see Race in SF). [JC]

Allston, Aaron

(1960-2014) US author and Role Playing Game designer who published many nonfiction pieces in this area, was editor of Space Gamer magazine 1982-1983, and co-designed the games Justice, Inc (1984) and The Savage Empire (1990) (see Worlds of Ultima). Several though not all of his novels are tied to the Star Wars universe [see Checklist below]; his first novel, Web of Danger (1988 dos), ties sf tropes into an espionage thriller frame; other tales of interest include Double Jeopardy (1994), an sf ...

Woodman, George

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Heretic (written circa 1938; 1963), a Dystopia where scientific progress has crippled the emotional life of the inhabitants of the new regime. [JC]

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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