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Tyers, Kathy

Working name of US author Kathleen Moore Tyers (1952-    ). She began writing with her Firebird sequence, Firebird (1987; rev 1999) and Fusion Fire (1988; rev 2000), set in a Planetary Romance venue replete with colourful planetary cultures, a matriarchy suffering internecine dynastic conflicts, an overarching Federation, space Invasions, palace politics and the discovery of budding Psi Powers in the eponymous protagonist, a princess on a bad planet who is in love with a ...

Steele, Alex

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, whose The New People: They Came from the Sea (1969) is a Tie to an abortive Young Adult Television series, The New People (1969-1970), and confronts its numerous young protagonists with an Invasion of their Island by beings whose nature is not made clear. [JC]

White, Richard Grant

(1822-1885) US editor, journalist and author whose The Fall of Man; Or, the Loves of the Gorillas [for full title see Checklist below] (1871 chap) as by A Learned Gorilla is a Satire on the Darwinian theory of Evolution as developed earlier the same year in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871); Grant's comic Satire consists of a lecture given in Africa by a gorilla (see Apes as Human) to other apes, who become rather overexcited. [JC]

Messingham, Simon

(?   -    ) UK stage performer and author, in the latter capacity solely of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Strange England (1994), his work tending to explore the nature of Doctor Who in his various incarnations. [JC]

Harpur, Patrick

(1950-    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Serpent's Circle (1985; vt Serpent's Circle 1985), a secret monastic order called The Little Brothers of the Apostles unleashes its old Religion against the Roman Catholic Church; the Little Brothers, a cohort of Secret Masters, do not themselves reappear in Harpur's work, though a sense of arcane empowerment irradiates his presentation of various forms of alchemy. The Rapture (1986) narrows the focus to the fiery spiritual ...

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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