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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Johnson, Stanley

(1940-    ) UK politician, businessman, environmentalist and author. His novels, beginning with Gold Drain (1967), tend to be political/spy thrillers, some of which are sufficiently explorative to be thought of as Technothrillers. The Marburg Virus (1982; vt The Virus 2020) follows the efforts of an epidemiologist to trace an incipient Pandemic back to its source, with a ...

Anet, Claude

Pseudonym of Swiss athlete (he was the premier French tennis player in 1892) and author Jean Schopfer (1868-1931). His sf novel La fin d'un monde (1925; trans Jeffery E Jeffery as The End of a World 1927), which is Prehistoric SF, describes the cultural destruction of an Ice Age people by a more advanced culture. [JC] see also: Origin of Man. /

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

American tv series (1954). Syndicated. Produced by Roland D Reed. Directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Written by Fritz Blocki, Carl K Hittleman, Arthur Hoerl, Marianne Mosner and Warren Wilson. Cast includes Scotty Beckett, Maurice Cass, Richard Crane, Robert Lyden, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons and Reginald Sheffield. 39 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Rocky Jones (Crane), commander of the Spaceship the ...

Ah Lai

(1959-    ) Poet, editor and author, who served from 1999 to 2006 as an editor of Kehuan Shijie ["SF World"], the best-selling genre magazine in the People's Republic of China. Born in the Ngawa and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Ah Lai is that rarest of Chinese authors: a member of China's Tibetan ethnic minority, a condition which shapes much of his work, including the much-garlanded Kong Shan ["Empty ...

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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