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Valentine, James

(1961-    ) Australian author whose Young Adult JumpMan sequence, beginning with JumpMan: Rule 1: Don't Touch Anything (2002), is predicated to comic effect on the fantasy rule that the Hero of a tale must do that which is forbidden. In very loose sf terms, the Time Travel stories of the series follow the consequences of this rule. [JC]

Graham, Daniel, Jr

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future sf novel, The Gatekeepers (1995), a private entrepreneur, frustrated by the left-leaning American government's refusal to occupy space proactively, sets up his own firm with his estranged wife's money, using modestly advanced Technology to create a weaponized private zone in near space in order to protect us (see Politics; Weapons). Eventually the American government is forced to buy in, and the future looks up. The ...

De Marco, Guy Anthony

(1963-    ) US author, most of whose work has been horror; after several nonfantastic stories, he began to publish work of genre interest with "Streetwalker" in Serpentarius for 2008.Encyclopedia of Fantasyis assembled in Absolute Truths & Outright Lies (coll 2011) and other similar titles. He is of sf interest for the first (all yet published) volume of the Interface Zero sequence, Solar Singularity (2017) with Josh Vogt and Peter J Wacks, whose Cyberpunkish plot is ...

McConnell, Frank

(1942-1999) US academic and critic, a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, who wrote extensively on sf and many other subjects; his writings included a regular media column for Commonweal magazine and four detective novels, and he served four times on the committee that awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work in the genre included editing The Time Machine/The War of the Worlds: A Critical Edition (omni 1977) by H G Wells, an ...

University of Sydney Library

Host to one of the world's biggest institutional collections of sf and fantasy (65,000+ items); it is surprising to find such a thing in Australia, a country where sf plays only a minimal role in academic curricula. The collection is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and is publicly accessible. It was begun in 1974, and dramatically expanded in 1979 when bequeathed the huge collection of Ron Graham, the very active sf fan who had published Vision of Tomorrow (1969-1970). A ...

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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