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Mohanraj, Mary Anne

(1971-    ) Sri Lankan-born editor and author, in USA from infancy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Dream of Wolves" in Black October Magazine for May 1996, but who became a significant figure in modern sf with her co-founding of Strange Horizons in September 2000; she served as editor until 2003, and editor emeritus subsequently. An anthology, Strange Horizons: The Best of Year One (anth 2003), compendiously assembles work under her editorship. During ...

Kaye, Terry

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes and George Miller. This was used only for Mad Max (1979; vt Mad Max 1 1985), which novelizes Miller's Post-Holocaust film Mad Max (1979). [JC/DRL]

Axler, James

A House Name used by the Gold Eagle Books division of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd – Harlequin also published the Laser Books series in the 1970s – for various series, three of them of sf interest, two of these being extremely long. Deathlands (over 120 volumes) begins as a Ruined Earth sequence set 100 years after nuclear war has terminated civilization in 2001 in a Holocaust, initiating a Nuclear Winter known afterwards as Skydark, with Survivalist Fiction tropes dominating, plus ...

Rocklynne, Ross

Working name of US author Ross Louis Rocklin (1913-1988) for his sf stories, most of which appeared in such magazines as Astounding from the mid-1930s up to 1947, beginning with "Man of Iron" for Astounding in 1935. He specialized in Space-Opera plots constructed around sometimes ingenious "scientific" problems, such as how to escape from the centre of a hollow planet in "At the Center of Gravity" (June 1936 Astounding), the first of the Colbie and Deverel series assembled with similar material ...


The force of gravity is the most inescapable and unvarying fact of terrestrial life, and when writers first sent characters into Spaceships and on to other planets the phenomenon of low gravity, or of no gravity at all, figured prominently among the wonders of space. Many early authors did not realize that complete weightlessness is a consequence of free fall, but this soon became a fact to be taken for granted in describing Space Flight, and now few writers bother to emphasize it. A delightful ...

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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