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Quinn, Daniel

(1935-2018) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with Dreamer (1988), which reads initially as a dark Fantasy, but whose protagonist is in fact a victim of Dream Hacking; he came to wide notice with Ishmael (1992), which won the first and only Turner Tomorrow Award of $500,000, and was filmed as {Instinct} (1999) directed by Jon Turteltaub; it also became the first volume of the short Ishmael sequence, which continued with My Ishmael (1997). The novel is a quietly told but ...

Greenberg, Martin H

(1941-2011) US anthologist and academic, not to be confused with Martin Greenberg, no relation. He had a 1969 doctorate in Political Science and taught at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay since 1975, holding the position of Professor of Regional Analysis, Political Science, and Literature and Language, from which he retired in 1996. Most of his own writing, like Bureaucracy and Development: A Mexican Case Study (1970), was in the field of political science; his sf writing was ...

Hoffmann, Curtis H

(1956-    ) US author of Project: Millennium (1987), a tale told within a Space Opera frame, as it is set on a distant world (Muspell's Planet) run by Computers for the benefit of a jaded populace; but which focuses on another planet which the Muspell AIs have populated with battalions of Heroes out of Earth's past, both mythic and historical, and have set them against each other to entertain their own humans (see Games and Sports). The tale focuses on the Conceptual ...

La Tourette, Aileen

(1946-    ) US-born author, in the UK from 1968, whose advocacy of a radical Feminism informs most of her work, all of which is sophisticatedly told. Her sf novel, Cry Wolf (1986), however, essays a somewhat jumbled moral scan of the events leading up to a nuclear Holocaust in language both too ornately self-referential and too abstract to convey much of the subsequent shattered world as it attempts to sort truth from myth and to build anew. Little of her short fiction, as ...

Schoon, Christian

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author whose Young Adult Zenn Scarlett sequence comprising Zenn Scarlett (2013) and Under Nameless Stars (2014) focuses on the eponymous teenager, whose love of adventure and practical Xenobiology inspires her to become an "exoveterinarian" in a large Zoo on Mars. It is not certain what criteria are applied to distinguish "her" Aliens from self-determining creatures like Homo sapiens. The second volume of the series takes place ...

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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