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Jones, Gonner

(1932-    ) UK author of The Dome (1968), in which the eponymous brain, which is governed by a Computer, is in charge of a future City. [PN]

Tymn, Marshall B

(1937-2020) US editor, academic, sf/fantasy bibliographer and editor, whose work concentrates on the pedagogical implications of both sf and fantasy (see SF in the Classroom). After a first, short, self-published bibliographical guide – A Directory of Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Houses and Book Dealers (1974 chap) – Tymn issued a stream of helpful material, including A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources ...

Hecht, Ben

(1894-1964) US journalist, playwright, screenwriter, publisher and author, active from 1910 in Chicago with Bohemian literary circles as a journalist before becoming exceedingly successful in Hollywood as a screenwriter, the first of his seventy or more scripts dating from the late 1920s, all nonfantastic, many for films that have become famous. His writings are particularly notable for their cynicism, Iconoclasm and irony. Many of his short stories border on Science Fantasy, most vividly "The ...

Stine, Jean Marie

Working name of the US author, born Henry Eugene Stine (1945-    ), whose name was legally changed to Jean Marie Stine and who has published under the surname Stine throughout. Season of the Witch (1968) as Hank Stine interestingly blends sf and erotica in the story of a man biologically transformed into a woman as a punishment for rape and murder, but who eventually finds her/his true role and contentment as a transsexual (see Transgender SF); it was filmed as Memory Run ...

Pedreira, David

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose Near Future sf novel Gunpowder Moon (2018) focuses on crises in mining the Moon in 2072, a decade after Climate Change has ruined the home planet. Various partially crippled imperial domains (see Imperialism) survive, including America and China, and continue their savage spats. Sabotage and conspiracies on the Moon are uncovered by the protagonist, Caden Dechert, who is a weary vet; the action builds inexorably; ...

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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