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Alexander, David

Pseudonym used for sf by US author Lawrence Herskovits (1953-    ), not to be confused with David Alexander [2] or David M Alexander below. Author of the Soldiers of War Western sequence as by William Reed; of the Phoenix sequence of Post-Holocaust military-sf adventures, comprising Dark Messiah (1987), Ground Zero (1987), Death Quest (1988), Metalstorm (1988) and Whirlwind (1988); volumes 9-12 of the C.A.D.S. Post-Holocaust military sequence under the House Name John ...

Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Burton, LeVar

Working name of US actor and director Levardis Burton (1957-    ), who signs his first name as LeVar. He has been much involved in the Star Trek Television enterprises, playing the blind Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and directing several episodes in that and other Star Trek series; he reprised the role for Cinema in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and subsequent films spun off from Star Trek: The Next Generation. His sf ...

Altieri, Daniel

(1946-    ) US Orientalist and author in collaboration with Eleanor Cooney [whom see for details] of Shangri-La: The Return to the World of Lost Horizon (1996). [JC]

Flanagan, Richard

(1961-    ) Australian author whose third novel, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001) describes early Australian history – specifically the deeply troubled culture of Tasmania – in terms at points reminiscent of the Magic Realism techniques used by Latin American writers in their manufacture of national myths of origin; the tale is a central example of what has come to be known as Tasmanian Gothic, with the landscape itself providing the Gothic ...

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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