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Farmer, Nancy

(1941-    ) US author, initially in South Africa, but mainly Zimbabwe from 1971 to 1988, where she began to write around 1981, publishing her first work of genre interest, "The Mirror", which won the 1987 Gold Award presented by L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol 4 (anth 1989) edited by Algis Budrys. This was soon followed by her first (and best-known) novel, The Eye, the Ear and the Arm (1989; much rev vt The ...

Basque SF

The Basque language, known as Euskera, is spoken by around 750,000 inhabitants of Basque Country and Navarre in Spain, and the department of the Atlantic Pyrenees in France. However, according to statistics, just over half are fully competent: not only understanding the language but being able to speak and write it correctly. Of these, only 100,000 people read literature in Basque and a bare 6% sf, too few for a stable community of sf writers, editors and readers to exist; but over time there ...

Fontenay, Charles L

(1917-2007) US newspaperman and author, born in Brazil and raised in Tennessee from infancy, where he worked as a newspaperman for about half a century. He was a member of the If stable from the publication of his first story, "Disqualified", in September 1954, which he began much later to assemble in the incomplete Here, There and Elsewhen sequence of collected stories; he also wrote three somewhat routine sf novels over the next decade: Twice Upon a Time (1958 dos), Rebels of the Red Planet ...

Ellern, William B

(1933-    ) US engineer, who has worked for the Jet Propulsion Labs, and author of some stories set in the Lensman universe of E E Smith, beginning with "Moon Prospector" for Analog in April 1966, and most notably with a sequel to the main sequence, New Lensman (January-July 1975 Perry Rhodan #61-#74; 1976), which takes some material from his first story; "Triplanetary Agent" (August-October 1976 Perry Rhodan #100-#105) was also set in the Lensman universe. [JC]

Picacio, John

(1969-    ) US illustrator who graduated in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin and practised as an architect for some years until, in 2001, becoming a full-time artist; since then he has published at least one book cover a month on average, producing also interior illustrations and others. His first book commission was for the 1996 30th-anniversary edition of Michael Moorcock's Behold the Man (September 1966 New Worlds; exp 1969), which he designed and for which he ...

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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