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Winslow, Pauline Glen

(1926-2014) UK author, now resident in the USA, in whose I, Martha Adams (1982) the Cold War suddenly ends in a Russian nuclear strike (see World War Three) and the Invasion of an unprepared America, even though the (now assassinated) President Reagan had secretly redirected funds meant for socialist water projects into developing a secret Weapon, which the eponymous heroine discovers, turning the tables on the Russian conquerors. Judgement Day (1984) is a horror tale set in California. [JC]

Jensen, Jane

(1963-    ) US computer programmer, Game designer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Mother's Love" for The Scream Factory in 1991, and whose Gabriel Knight sequence – comprising Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1997) and Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within (1998) – are technically Ties, though they are based on her own sequence of fantasy/horror CD-ROM Games, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993) and Gabriel Knight: The Beast ...


Astronomers played the key role in developing the cosmic perspective that lies at the heart of sf. Their science gave birth (not without difficulty, given the public reluctance of the Medieval Church to accept non-geocentric cosmologies) to an understanding of the true size and nature of the universe. To the 1640 edition of his astronomical treatise The Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638; exp vt The Discovery of a New World 1640) John Wilkins appended a "Discourse Concerning the ...

Wood, Nick

(?   -    ) Zambian-born clinical psychologist and author, raised in South Africa and USA, currently resident in UK; after some unlisted stories in nonprofessional journals, he began to publish work of genre interest with "God in the Box" in Interzone for March 2003. His first novel, The Stone Chameleon (2004), Equipoisally mixes a depiction of Near Future Cape Town (South Africa) in Dystopian terms with Urban Fantasy, where gangs of teenagers transformed into ...

Harrison, M John

(1945-    ) UK author and rock-climber, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Marina" for Science Fantasy #81 in February 1966 as by John Harrison; he was most closely identified in the 1960s with New Worlds, where he released his first sf story, "Baa Baa Blocksheep", in November 1968, and for which he later wrote some of the best tales using the Jerry Cornelius template, or Icon, from the series created by Michael Moorcock. He also wrote considerable criticism ...

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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