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Hornaday, William T

(1854-1937) US naturalist and taxidermist – chief taxidermist with the Smithsonian Institution from 1882, and first director of the Bronx Zoo, beginning in 1896 – and author, in whose Lost Race tale, The Man Who Became A Savage; A Story of Our Times (1896), a jaded American flees to Borneo, where he discovers an unknown civilization of headhunters. [JC]

Nylund, Eric S

(1964-    ) US author, primarily of fantasy in his more recent career; he is of sf interest primarily for the Jack Potter/Signal sequence comprising Signal to Noise (1998) and A Signal Shattered (1999), stories whose inexpressive style consorts oddly with the gonzo plotting of the (possibly incomplete) epic. In a world combining the Ruined Earth (California has sunk) and Cyberpunk/Virtual Reality riffs, a cryptologist achieves First Contact with an Alien civilization bent on ...

Reizin, P Z

(?   -    ) UK Television and print journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Happiness for Humans (2018), explores the increasingly invasive interface between Homo sapiens and AIs, whose access to their human "users" is shown as having grown exponentially, with dangerous consequences when (as here) the AI in question gains consciousness. This puts a spanner in the works. [JC]

God is An Astronaut

Irish three-piece band, whose instrumental albums generate a spacy, evocative atmosphere non-specifically reminiscent of sf, an effect underscored by their track titles: "Fall from the Stars" on The End of the Beginning (2002), "Infinite Horizons" and "Suicide by Star" on All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2005). The eponymously-titled album God Is an Astronaut (2007) is their most cohesive and emotionally effective, and traces an oblique science-fictional narrative that takes the listener beyond ...

Kindberg, Tim

(?   -    ) UK computer scientist and author who is of moderate sf interest for his first novel, The Vampires of Avonmouth (2021), an Equipoisal tale featuring a sea-borne Invasion of untraditional Vampires – energy eaters rather than blood suckers – in distant Near Future suburban Bristol (see Horror in SF), threatening a Britain already suffering in 2087 under a Dystopian regime. [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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