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Zimpel, Lloyd

(1929-    ) US author of Meeting the Bear: A Journal of the Black Wars (1971), a Near Future tale set in a disintegrating America, with urban unrest being countered by Dystopian means, including brainwashing and concentration camps. [JC]

Valente, Catherynne M

(1979-    ) US editor, fancaster, poet and author, born Bethany Thomas, Valente apparently being her legal name; an exemplary early twenty-first century figure whose work ranges over the whole of Fantastika, though only recently has she written sf. She edited Apex Magazine in 2010 and 2011. Her overall work has already been widely recognized; SF Squeecast gained for her and her colleagues Hugo awards in 2012 and 2013 for best podcast; she won a Rhysling Award for her long ...

Chafe, Paul

(1965-    ) Canadian author and army reserve officer who began to publish work of genre interest with "Prisoner of War" in Man-Kzin Wars VII (anth 1995) edited by Larry Niven; he went on to produce the first full-length novel in the Man-Kzin Wars Shared World sequence, Destiny's Forge (2006). Mission Critical: Death of the Phoenix (1996) is a Tie to the Videogame Mission Critical (1995) designed by Mike Verdu, and forms a sequel to the game's interstellar action, also ...

Sleator, William

(1945-2011) US composer and author, in the latter capacity almost exclusively for the Young Adult market. His first novel, The Angry Moon (1970 chap), is a fantasy based on Native American myths. Most of his novels stood alone, though he produced two short series. In the Boxes sequence, comprising Boxes (1998) and Marco's Millions (2001), two mysterious boxes, left in the possession of a young girl with strict instructions that they must not be opened, when inevitably opened do inevitably ...

Murdoch, Jim

(1956-    ) UK author of a Tie to the Rise of the Robots Computer game, Rise of the Robots: The Book (1995), in which a Robot revolt must be thwarted, or not. [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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