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Tucker, Wilson

(1914-2006) US author, orphaned, brought up in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, where he set some of his fiction, some early stories being signed Bob Tucker. For several decades he worked as a film projectionist, retiring in 1972, and he always spoke of his writing – more than twenty books, half of them sf, half of them mysteries – as an avocation. Tucker began his involvement with sf about 1932, and during the 1930s was exceedingly active as a fan and Fanzine publisher, starting ...

Jales, Mark

Pseudonym of Ronald Harry W Jales (1924-1979), UK author who also wrote thrillers as Mark Hayman and Will Palmer. In science fiction he is known only for his contributions to the Robert Hale Limited list of sf adventures, beginning with Prelude to Exodus (1979) [JC/SH]

Nye, Jody Lynn

(1957-    ) US author almost exclusively of fantasy as a solo author, though her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey – the Doona sequence, the Brainship sequence, and her contributions to the Planet Pirates sequence; for all titles see Checklist – intensify the fantasy tonality of initiating works by McCaffrey alone whose sf contours were relatively clear. [JC] see also: Piers Anthony; Robert Asprin; Gamebook. /

Space Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, Spring and August 1957, published by the Republic Features Syndicate; edited by Lyle Kenyon Engel, with much editorial work, uncredited, by Michael Avallone. Despite featuring such names as Arthur C Clarke, Raymond F Jones, Mack Reynolds and Jack Vance the magazine carried virtually nothing of any consequence. The best story may have been John Jakes's "The Devil Spins a Sun-Dream" (Spring 1957), which transplants a treasure hunt from the Old West to Mars ...

Hogan, Chuck

(1967-    ) US author of several novels, including The Blood Artists (1998), a Near Future medical Technothriller featuring the coming to consciousness within human bodies of a terrifying new virus. The Strain sequence beginning with The Strain (2009) with Guillermo Del Toro is supernatural horror. [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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