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Blum, Yoav

(1978-    ) Israeli software developer and author whose first translated novel, Metsarfe ha-miòkrim (2011; trans Ira Moskowitz as The Coincidence Makers 2018), in which (in a traditional sf sense) a group of young men and women exercise their professional skill, which resembles Psi Powers: the ability to create coincidences and events binding on the future, under the control of a Secret Master cabal. But the tale is in fact a Fabulation, exuberantly echoing various ...

Peel, Colin D

(1936-2013) UK author of two undemanding Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited, Hell Seed (1979) and Glimpse of Forever (1980). [JC]

McDonald, Steven E

(1956-    ) UK author, now in the US, who began publishing sf with "Empty Barrels" for Analog in June 1978, his best-known story being "Ideologies" (October 1980 Analog), and whose first novel, The Janus Syndrome (1981), put into Space-Opera guise a tale involving racial oppression, romantic exaggerations of material, and masquerades. He then fell silent, though he has more recently published two Ties: Event Horizon (1997), novelizing the film Event Horizon (1997); and Gene ...

Herbert, Edward G

(1869-1938) UK author of Newaera: A Socialist Romance, with a Chapter on Vaccination (1910). This novel describes a socialist Utopia which is founded on an isolated Island, but tragically fails. [JC]

Whedon, Joss

(1964-    ) US filmmaker, who has also worked to particular impact in television and comics. His father and grandfather had both worked as screenwriters and lyricists, and two brothers and a sister-in-law followed him into the business, often as his co-writers. His first writing jobs were in television, where he wrote episodes for the third season of Roseanne (1989-90) and for the short-lived television version of Parenthood (1990). His first filmed screenplay was Buffy the ...

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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