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Scott, Melissa

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel, The Game Beyond (1984), a Space Opera of some resonance which uses analogies with the Roman Empire – familiar since the early Foundation stories (1951-1953) of Isaac Asimov – with considerable skill (see History in SF). In 1986 she won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, at least in part for Five-Twelfths of Heaven (1986), first volume of the Silence Leigh sequence which continued with ...

Lever, Peter

(1972-    ) UK editor and author whose first novel, Me Cheeta: The Autobiography (2009) as by Cheeta, is an Apes as Human tale narrated by Cheeta (as impersonated by various chimpanzees in Tarzan Films from 1932), looking back on his life from the age of 76; the poignance of his love for Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) contrasts, at times savagely, with his Satirical portrayal of Hollywood (see California; Cinema). [JC]

Tenney, Steven R

(?   -    ) US author of Persona: Life on the Fast Lane in 2007 (1993; rev vt Persona: The Ultimate Identity Crisis in 2014 1995), an anatomy of the Near Future as experienced by a young woman. [JC]

Thomas, Hugh

(1931-2017) UK historian and author, best known for such studies as The Spanish Civil War (1961; rev 1977). Of his fiction, which came early in his career, his second novel, The Oxygen Age (1958), is of sf interest. In the very Near Future, the British government is convinced by Lord Mortlake, an industrialist and fraudster, that he is responsible for the Invention of the oxygen bomb, and that with it Britain will be able to dominate the world. The tale, mildly Satirical and spoofish, ends in ...

Keshishian, John M

(1923-2021) Greek-born surgeon, academic, archaeologist and author, in US from 1931, whose Near Future sf novel, with Jacob Hay (whom see for details), is Autopsy for a Cosmonaut (1969; vt Death of a Cosmonaut 1970). The Mayan Shard Caper (2006) focuses on the speculative assumption that there may have been a second Mayan race, perhaps distinct in some ways from Homo sapiens. [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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