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Womack, Jack

(1956-    ) US author whose first five novels are stylish and potent exercises in a post-Cyberpunk urban idiom, and comprise the first instalments in the loose ongoing Terraplane series about the state of America; the sixth volume followed later. The sequence, reminiscent at points of the baroque New York detective fictions of Jerry Oster (1943-    ), begins with Ambient (1987), set in the complexly desolated warzone which New York has become in the early ...

Logue, Mary

(1952-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Dancing with an Alien (2000), in which a visiting Alien must persuade an adolescent girl to return to his home planet as a breeder. [JC]

Fawcett, Edgar

(1847-1904) US author, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. Most of his 40 or so novels belong to the realist school associated with his contemporary William Dean Howells, but (like Howells) Fawcett also wrote fantastic works. He provided a manifesto for a species of fiction which he called "realistic romance", which is very similar to some Definitions of SF: "Stories where the astonishing and peculiar are blent with the possible and accountable. They may be as wonderful as you ...

Day, Donald B

(1909-1978) Pioneer sf indexer, resident in Oregon. His Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952; rev 1982), has become, along with its successors compiled by other hands (see Bibliographies), an essential tool for sf research. [PN]

Wright, Glover

Working name of Indian-born rock guitarist and thriller author Geoffrey Glover-Wright (1940-2017), in UK from 1947, perhaps best known under his early stage name Buddy Britten, though he also performed as Simon Raverne. He is of some sf interest for The Hound of Heaven (1984), in which a possibly renegade priest, crucified by the Vietcong in the 1960s, is retrieved from Suspended Animation with a message deadly to the Church (see Religion). In Aurora (2003), a similarly reawakened figure ...

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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