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Bennett, Cherie

(1960-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, of a script – "Jitters" (2001) – for the television series Smallville (2001-2011) (see Superman); and, with her husband Jeff Gottesfeld (a Smallville scriptwriter), a series of Ties to the same series. One Young Adult novel of interest is Anne Frank and Me (2001) with Gottesfeld, based on their 1997 play; it uses Time Travel devices to give a contemporary teenager some sense of the meaning of the Holocaust (see World ...

Wynne-Tyson, Esmé

(1898-1972) UK author, for whose novels written with J D Beresford see the latter entry. [JC]

Bodger, Holly

(?   -    ) Canadian editor and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Near Future 5 to 1 (2015), sidesteps some of the pitfalls normally encountered in tales of this description set in Dystopian environments. In this case, the tale is set in the Indian subcontinent, in the breakaway matriarchal enclave of Koyanagar (see Feminism; Women in SF) where the historical gender imbalance between in India between male and female births has been countered through a ...

Blish, James

(1921-1975) US author whose early career in sf followed a pattern typical of the generation whose early careers coincided with World War Two. He became involved in sf Fandom during the 1930s, and was an early member of the well-known New York fan group the Futurians, where he became friendly with such writers as Damon Knight and C M Kornbluth. His first short story, "Emergency Refueling", was published in Super Science Stories for March 1940. He studied microbiology at Rutgers, graduating in ...

Fisher, Mary A

(1839-?   ) US author whose novel of interest, Among the Immortals, in the Land of Desire: A Glimpse of the Beyond (1916), is set in a Utopian Afterlife [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] where relations between the sexes (see Feminism) seem clement; of specific sf interest in the tale is the use of telescopes – which, given the atemporal nature of this Afterlife might be thought of as Time Viewers – to witness the devastation of World War One. ...

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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