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Hurley, Kameron

(1980-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Holding Onto Ghosts" in Talebones for Summer 2003, and who has gained considerable attention for her Bel Dame Apocrypha sequence comprising God's War (2011), Infidel (2011) and Rapture (2012), set on a planet colonized (see Colonization of Other Worlds) by Muslims, a world whose complexly evolved insects, controlled by "magicians" through their command of pheromones, are used by Homo sapiens to motor and ...

Boorman, John

(1933-    ) UK film director, famous for movies like Point Blank (1967) and Deliverance (1972), who novelized his own Zardoz (1974) as Zardoz (1974) with Bill Stair (1939-1991). As a director he has also ventured into fantasy with Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and the Arthurian Excalibur (1981). The Tailor of Panama (2001), based on John Le Carré's novel The Tailor of Panama (1996), is arguably borderline sf – "political science fiction", as Le Carré ...

Schwartz, Alan

(?   -    ) US author of The Wandering Tellurian (1967 dos), an unassuming Space Opera whose protagonist travels from star to star, having adventures. [JC]

Robins, Madeleine E

(1953-    ) US author, best known for nonfantastic work, though her first publications were sf, beginning with "The Boarder" for Asimov's in July 1982. She is best known for The Stone War (1999), a Near Future tale set in a Manhattan (see New York) progressively devastated by a series of mysterious Disasters (the World Trade Center, along with much else, is destroyed). A small band of survivors constructs a makeshift Keep, which they defend against an unravelling of reality, ...

Furey, Maggie

(1955-    ) UK teacher and author, now living in Ireland, whose genre novels are chiefly Fantasy, beginning with Aurian (1994) and continuing with further tales in the Aurian: Artefacts of Power sequence [see Checklist below]. Her sf contributions comprise two short Young Adult novels set in the Cyberspace Shared World of The Web, being Sorceress (1998) and Spindrift (1998). [DRL]

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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