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Evans, Linda

(1958-    ) US author whose first novel Sleipnir (1994) is a fantasy in which a modern GI intervenes in the world of Norse Gods and Mythology as Ragnarok looms. With Robert Asprin, Evans co-wrote the Time Scout sequence of Time Travel adventures beginning with Time Scout (1995), in which accidentally formed Time Gates (or Wormholes) provide access to past eras which time scouts must check for lurking danger before organized tourism can begin. Her second solo novel Far Edge ...

Gottfried, Chet

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Steel Works" in Asimov's for Summer 1977. His sf novel, The Steel Eye (1984), somewhat uneasily combines sf and mystery genres, and features a Robot detective. The Gilded Basilisk (2014) and the Einar sequence opening with Einar and the Cursed City (2014) are fantasy, the latter for Young Adult readers; Into the Horsebutt Nebula (2016) is humorous sf. [JC/DRL] see also: Space and Time. /

West, Pamela

(1945-    ) US author whose novel, Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1987), is nonfantastic; her sf novel, 20/20 Vision (1990), is an intricate Time-Travel tale in which a murder in 1995 is brooded over by a detective in 2020 and solved through the agency of time-travelling archivists from 2040, who send the detective back – via a form of Computer-enhanced Virtual Reality – to explore the causes of the crime. [JC]

Carter, Chickering

A House Name – it is also the name of a minor continuing character – used in the Nick Carter sequence of Dime Novels about a detective whose life and powers (non-supernatural) prefigure many of the Pulp magazine-spawned SuperheroES of the twentieth century. However, though it is presumed that others wrote as Chickering Carter, the only contributor specifically associated with the name is Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey, who is credited with several hundred Nick Carter stories, including ...

Lift, De

Film (1983; vt The Lift). Sigma Films. Directed by Dick Maas. Written by Mass; music by Maas. Cast includes Huub Stapel and Willeke Van Ammelrooy. 99 minutes. Colour. / This neat Dutch Horror film with an sf rationale, dubbed atrociously into English, tells of a homicidal lift (elevator) in a high-rise office building. The lift is controlled by an organic, living Computer (biochip), manufactured in Japan, which has run amuck and reprogrammed itself. The film belongs to the anti-Technology ...

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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