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Kellogg, Marjorie Bradley

(1946-    ) US designer of theatre scenery and author who published her first three novels as by M Bradley Kellogg to avoid confusion with another Marjorie Kellogg, but from 1991 has used her full name. Her first novel, A Rumor of Angels (1983), is unexceptional, but the Lear's Daughters sequence – The Wave and the Flame (1986) and Reign of Fire (1986), both written with NASA climatologist William B Rossow and assembled ...

Kilian, Crawford

(1941-    ) US-born teacher and author, in Canada from 1967 and a Canadian citizen from 1973 who began publishing work of genre interest with a fantasy for younger children, Wonders, Inc. (1968 chap). He began to publish sf with the first volume of his complex Chronoplane Wars sequence, The Empire of Time (1978), which continued after a gap of years with The Fall of the Republic (1987) and ...

Murphy, Robert Franklin

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future Girl Factory sequence of erotized Technothrillers beginning with The Girl Factory (1975), featuring a team of Androids created to defend America from its foes. [JC]

Shaviro, Steven

(1954-    ) US academic and culture critic, a full-time academic from 1984, with the University of Washington until 2004, and with Wayne State University until his 2023 full-pay suspension for an intemperate utterance online. Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction about Postmodernism (1997) plays on its subject matter through an urgently postmodern idiom. Discognition (2016) examines the nature of consciousness as it might apply to ...

Forstchen, William R

(1950-    ) US history professor author who has generally concentrated on series, beginning with the Ice Prophet sequence – Ice Prophet (1983), The Flame upon the Ice (1984) and A Darkness upon the Ice (1985) – set in a Ruined Earth venue at some point in the future after an ecological Disaster has caused the planet to become icebound. In this world ...

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 ...

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