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Rodgers, Alan

(1959-2014) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Boy who Came Back from the Dead" in Masques #2 (anth 1987) edited by J N Williamson (1932-2005), a strongly moving fantasy tale later assembled with other work in New Life for the Dead (coll 1991). Rodgers's first novel, Blood of the Children (1989), is horror, but his second, Fire (1990), combines sf and horror in a Near-Future story in which a fundamentalist US President threatens a nuclear attack against the USSR ...

Lockhart-Mummery, J P

(1875-1957) UK surgeon and author of After Us; Or, the World as It Might Be (1936), an essentially nonfictional exercise in Futures Studies, but containing an embedded set of (necessarily fictional) letters written home by a New Zealander, describing the state of affairs in the UK in the twenty-fifth century. [JC]

Space Quest [2]

Role Playing Game (1977). Tyr Gamemakers. Designed by Paul Hume, George Nyhen. / Space Quest is an early science-fictional Role Playing Game with a Space Opera flavour. There is an optional setting, one based in a resurgent Galactic Empire which is recovering from a Long Night. (Unusually, the collapse of the Empire's preceding civilization was caused wholly by external attack rather than at least partially by internal decay.) This future milieu has the familiar social structure of an ...

Claremont, Chris

Working name of US author Christopher Simon Claremont (1950-    ) who first became known through his revitalization from 1976 of Marvel Comics's X-Men, an early 1960s title which had been temporarily retired but now became the bestselling comic in the field; the first five years of the strip are assembled as Uncanny X-Men Omnibus (graph 2006). Claremont scripted the title until he left Marvel in 1991 to begin work with Dark Horse comics, returning to Marvel in 2000, ...

Lawrence, Mark

(1968-    ) US-born author mostly in the UK from infancy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Climb" in O G's Speculative Fiction for 2007; most of his work has been fantasy, including the violent and dark-hued Broken Universe sequence beginning with Prince of Thorns (2011). The Ancestor sequence beginning with Red Sister (2017) takes the form of a Planetary Romance set on Abeth, whose climate is usefully various; it also serves as the venue for a following ...

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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