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Saunders, Jake

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Bidderfrost Dragon" for Coven in March 1970, but as a writer has been one of the less active members of a Texas grouping which included Howard Waldrop, his collaborator on the Near Future The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (July-August 1973 Galaxy as "A Voice and Bitter Weeping"; much exp 1974), the eponymous conflict being set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust America, where the loss of any sustaining ...

Mars, Alastair

(1915-1985) Canadian-born soldier and author, in the UK from infancy, in the Navy from 1932; he became well known for the 1952 court martial that ended his military career (in the midst of a dispute regarding his penury at naval rates of pay, he had refused to report for duty); his last rank was lieutenant commander. After 1952, he published several novels that drew on his intimate knowledge of submarines at war Under the Sea (he had been commander of H M S Thule 1943-1945), including two sf ...

Stine, Jean Marie

Working name of the US author, born Henry Eugene Stine (1945-    ), whose name was legally changed to Jean Marie Stine and who has published under the surname Stine throughout. Season of the Witch (1968) as Hank Stine interestingly blends sf and erotica in the story of a man biologically transformed into a woman as a punishment for rape and murder, but who eventually finds her/his true role and contentment as a transsexual (see Transgender SF); it was filmed as Memory Run ...

Beaumont, Roger

(1935-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trade-Off" as R A Beaumont for Analog in February 1973. His one sf novel, published by Robert Hale Limited, is Deep Space Processional (1982) with R Snowden Ficks, a Space Opera featuring Aliens and court intrigue in a Galactic Empire which is a reborn British Empire. [DRL]

Buchanan, Ginjer

(1944-    ) US editor and occasional author, active in Fandom from 1968, who while employed as a social worker in New York from the early 1970s carried out freelance work for sf publishers: she was consulting editor for the Star Trek Ties at Pocket Books and an outside reader for the US Science Fiction Book Club. In 1984 she became a full-time editor at the Putnam/Berkley-owned Ace Books, with subsequent promotions to Senior Editor (1987), Executive Editor (1994), and Senior ...

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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