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Leinonen, Anne

(1973-    ) Finnish author active in Finnish Fandom who came initially to prominence with the Young Adult Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] sequence beginning with Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] (2011) with Elija Lappalainen, set in a remote Ruined Earth land; the young protagonist, possibly a throwback (see Evolution) to the people who had ruined the world, has an uncanny rapport with relics of otherwise vanished Technology. Her ambivalent conflicts with ...

Cravens, Gwyneth

(?   -    ) US author of The Black Death (1977) with John S Marr, then head of the New York City Bureau of Preventible Diseases, about a Near Future Disaster in which the eponymous plague (see Pandemic) is transmitted unknowingly by a young woman; it was filmed as Quiet Killer (1992). Speed of Light: The Adventures of Ella Speed (1979) carries a young woman in rebellion against "civilized" urban culture into an occultish-group whose mind-control techniques ...

Livesey, Eric M

(?   -    ) UK author of The Desolate Land (1964), a Ruined Earth where – long after the Disaster of a nuclear test gone awry – Monsters spawned by radioactivity roam, a circumstance that does not keep the rump of America from using A-bombs to keep Latin Americans at bay. [JC]

International Fantasy Award

UK-based Award, made annually from 1951 to 1955 and finally in 1957. The idea came from four UK enthusiasts: John Beynon Harris (John Wyndham), Frank Cooper, G Ken Chapman and Leslie Flood. The International Fantasy Awards were presented to the authors of the best fantasy or sf book of the year, with a second category for the best nonfiction book likely to be of interest to sf readers; the nonfiction class was dropped after 1953. Winners were selected by a panel of prominent sf personalities, ...

Mammay, Michael

(?   -    ) US army officer (now retired) and author who has specialized in Military SF, primarily the Planetside sequence beginning with Planetside (2016), where a retired army officer is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a politician's son from a Space Station orbiting a planet ruined by War, though it continues to harbour Aliens. Action ensues. The sequels follow the extremely competent retiree into different roles on different worlds; in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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