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Houser, Lionel

(1908-1949) US screenwriter, film producer and author of the medical fantasy Caress and Farewell (1934), in which a female surgeon attempts to create a custom lover whose short life will be utterly dedicated to her (see Medicine). [DRL]

Rice, E S

(1868-1925) US civil engineer and author of The Secret of the Moon God 2000 B C: Love and Adventure in Yucatan 1920 A D (1924), a Lost Race tale set in the mountains of Mexico, where remnants of an ancient civilization are discovered, along with a metal alloy unknown to the modern world. [JC]

Ryman, Geoff

(1951-    ) Canadian-born author who moved to the USA at age eleven, in the UK since 1973. He began publishing sf with "The Diary of the Translator" for New Worlds in 1976, but began to generate significant work only with the magazine version of The Unconquered Country: A Life History (Spring 1984 Interzone; rev 1986), which won the BSFA Award and the World Fantasy Award. It is the story of a young woman forced by poverty and the terrible conditions afflicting her native ...

Thompson, Caroline

(1956-    ) US screenwriter and author; she wrote at least three scripts for Fantasy films by Tim Burton (not given entries here), and for City of Ember (2008) directed by Gil Kenan. Of sf interest is First Born (1983), in which an aborted foetus either returns to life, or is the survivor of a Mad Scientist experiment on the part of the abortionist (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Townsend, Sue

(1946-2014) UK author best known for the nonfantastic Adrian Mole sequence [not listed below]; of sf interest is the Satirical Queen sequence beginning with The Queen and I (1992) [see Checklist for theatrical versions], set in a Near Future republican Britain where the royal family, relocated into a council estate, must learn to cope with real life. The ex-Queen (all characters retain their historical names) does well; the ex-prince Philip does not. In the end – perhaps to avoid ...

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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