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Walker, Sage

(?   -    ) US physician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Indian Giving" in Asimov's for April 1989, establishing very early a savvy ease with Genre SF topoi (see SF Megatext), mastering a brightsmith style capable of forging and polishing Hard SF venues. Her first novel, Whiteout (1996), is set in a Near Future Dystopian world whose governance has been privatized, while the planet continues to suffer the kind of Disasters – ...

Jales, Mark

Pseudonym of Ronald Harry W Jales (1924-1979), UK author who also wrote thrillers as Mark Hayman and Will Palmer. In science fiction he is known only for his contributions to the Robert Hale Limited list of sf adventures, beginning with Prelude to Exodus (1979) [JC/SH]

Piserchia, Doris

(1928-2021) US author, born and raised in West Virginia, in the US Navy 1950-1954. She began publishing short fiction with "Rocket to Gehenna" for Fantastic in September 1966. Her first novel, the remarkable and densely plotted van Vogt-style revenge drama Mister Justice (1973 dos), appeared after she had established some reputation in shorter forms, one of her stories being included in Best Science Fiction for 1972 (anth 1973) edited by Frederik Pohl. Star Rider (1974) recounts first-person ...

Leinonen, Anne

(1973-    ) Finnish author active in Finnish Fandom who came initially to prominence with the Young Adult Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] sequence beginning with Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] (2011) with Elija Lappalainen, set in a remote Ruined Earth land; the young protagonist, possibly a throwback (see Evolution) to the people who had ruined the world, has an uncanny rapport with relics of otherwise vanished Technology. Her ambivalent conflicts with ...

Robu, Cornel

(1938-2016) Romanian lecturer in literature (at Cluj-Napoca University) and sf critic, some of whose many articles have appeared in English, including "A Key to Science Fiction: The Sublime" (Spring 1988 Foundation #42) and "Milestones in Postwar Romanian Science Fiction" (Summer 1990 Foundation). Panorama romanului românesc contemporan: 1944-1974 ["Panorama of the Contemporary Romanian Novel: 1944-1974"] (1974) with Ion Vlad is a useful survey, and includes sf authors. He edited the ...

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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