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Ransom, Bill

(1945-    ) US author who has worked as a medic and as a firefighter. His early writing was poetry, with several volumes released from Finding True North & Critter (coll 1974 chap) onward. He began publishing sf anonymously with "Songs of a Sentient Flute" for Analog in February 1979, a collaboration with Frank Herbert published as by Herbert alone: Ransom wrote the first draft at Herbert's request, as related in Brian Herbert's Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank ...

Nelson, Kathleen H

(?   -    ) US author of The Human Thing (1999), a Space Opera in which a female Starship pilot is transformed after an accident into a Cyborg with Amnesia, and must recover her past to save herself in an interstellar conflict. [JC]

Murphy, Warren

(1933-2015) US author, married to Molly Cochran, known largely for the Destroyer sequence, a long series of spoof thrillers, many with Richard Ben Sapir, featuring the Doc Savage-like adventures of Remo Williams, a White man (and avatar of Shiva the Destroyer) trained in the paranormal combat arts of Sinanju, which allow him (for instance) to interpenetrate his body with other matter (see Matter Penetration). The first titles were written mostly by Murphy and Sapir, who died in 1987, but later ...

Arnyvelde, André

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his ...

Darvill-Evans, Peter

(1954-    ) UK author and editor, involved in the Games world from about 1976, initiating his writing career with three Fighting Fantasy Ties beginning with Fighting Fantasy Gamebook 25: Beneath Nightmare Castle (1987). He is best-known for his creating for Virgin Books and editing the New Adventures sub-sequence of the overall Doctor Who universe, these stories taking up the slack after the BBC unaccountably cancelled the long-running television series in 1989. Of these ...

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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