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Baxter, Stephen

(1957-    ) UK author, who has also signed his name Steve Baxter and S M Baxter. He began publishing sf with "The Xeelee Flower" for Interzone in Spring 1987, which with most of his earlier short work fits into his Xeelee Sequence, the main work of the first decade of his career, and significantly added to in later years. It constitutes an ambitious attempt at creating both – in the short term – a Future History for the human race, and – in the immensely ...

Borodin, George

Pseudonym of Russian-born plastic surgeon and author George Milkomane (1903-1996), who lived in the UK from 1932 and took out British citizenship in 1938; one of his pseudonyms, George Alexis Bankoff, was for some time thought to be his real name, but he himself asserted the contrary. Other pseudonyms – he wrote about 120 books in all – include George Braddon, Peter Conway, Alec Redwood and – best known – George Sava, under which name he wrote The Healing Knife (1938), a ...

Saccomanno, Guillermo

(1948-    ) Argentinian Comics scriptwriter, poet and author, active from the early 1970s. He is of broad genre interest for his fifth novel 77 (2008; trans Andrea G Labinger 2019), where Kafkaesque topoi (see also Fantastika) markedly enrich a memoir-like narrative focused on the beginning of the Videla dictatorship in Argentina in 1977; Cámara Gesell (2012; trans Andrea G Labinger as Gesell Dome 2016) massively expands and complexifies its predecessor, incorporating ...

Jones, Langdon

(1942-2021) UK short-story author, editor and musician, strongly associated with New Worlds during its New-Wave period both as contributor – he published most of his sf stories there, beginning with "Stormwater Tunnel" in the July/August 1964 issue – and in various editorial capacities including assistant editor and (for four issues April-July 1969) editor. His most memorable work, most of it experimental in form and characterized by a strongly angular narrative style, was assembled ...

Gat, Dmitri V

(1936-    ) US university librarian and author of a complex interstellar Dystopia, The Shepherd is my Lord (1971), in which a giant corporation, Galactic Enterprises, oppresses humans and Aliens alike over a vast compass; its attempts to claim-jump a hidden sector of space hiding an advanced race (the Shepherds) end, however, in failure. [JC]

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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