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Lackey, Mercedes

(1950-    ) US author best known as a highly prolific producer of Fantasy, the category into which all her solo novels fall. Her first published story was "A Different Kind of Courage" in Free Amazons of Darkover (anth 1985) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Ship Who Searched (1992) with Anne McCaffrey is sf set in the latter's Brainship universe. Lackey's novel-length contribution to the Darkover franchise, Rediscovery: A Darkover Novel (1993), is billed as a ...

Tunney, Stephen

(1959-    ) US musician, artist and author; as a musician he performs under the name Dogbowl with the group King Missile, and as an artist he has exhibited since 1991. His first novel, Flan (1992), is a Fantastic Voyage tale set in a vividly visualized burning America (see Holocaust); in his second novel, the Young Adult One Hundred Per Cent Lunar Boy (2010), the young protagonist, native of a Terraformed Moon, becomes embroiled in various adventures due to his Mutant ...

James, Brett

(?   -    ) US author of Space Operas, often with Military SF elements, featuring inimical Alien civilizations which threaten to dominate reachable space. They include The Deadfall Project (2012) and the Outer Rim Chronicles beginning with Tangent (2017). [JC]

Chadha, Olivia

(?   -    ) US Comics writer, teacher and author whose first novel, Deluge and the Xerces Blue (2009), was issued in fulfilment of a thesis for the State University of New York at Binghamton, and may not be generally available; the tale focuses on Pollution issues. Her first published novel, Balance of Fragile Things (2012), adumbrates planetary Ecological collapse through its protagonist 's study of a dead butterfly found in the vicinity of a mysterious sink ...

Staehle, Will

(?   -    ) US book designer and illustrator, active from around the turn of the twenty-first century, serving for a time as art director for HarperCollins Publishers. From the beginning his work has been characterized by a liking for geometrical forms, sometimes with flattened perspective, and often resembling posters (with the cartoonish wall presence and the articulate conveyance of desired information characteristic of that form); the effect, in the first ...

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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