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Dakron, Ron

Pseudonym of US poet and author Ronald J Christoffel (1953-    ). His novel Hammers (1997) describes in a somewhat gonzo literary style the transformation of five characters into hammerhead sharks (see Biology). The novella Mantids (2008) is a darkly humorous updating of Petronius's Satyricon. [JC/SH]

Hyde, Christopher

(1949-    ) Canadian television interviewer and author, generally of Technothrillers, beginning with The Wave (1979) and continuing with titles like The Icarus Seal (1982) and Crestwood Heights (1988), the eponymous village under siege in the latter tale evoking Stephen King, Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives (1974), and even John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1956). Egypt Green (1989) depicts a possibly Near Future world in which bright children are sequestered in Keeps until ...

Sackville-West, V

(1892-1962) UK author, married to Harold Nicolson and renowned for her creation of the garden at Sissinghurst, Kent; she was almost always called Vita, to avoid confusion with her mother, whose given name was also Victoria. A member of the Bloomsbury Group and a model for the title character of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928), she was best known for non-genre novels like The Edwardians (1930). Some of her work was fantasy, such as "An Unborn Visitant" (Christmas Number 1932 Graphic Magazine), ...

Waitman, Katie

Working name of US author Katherine Lura Waitman (1956-    ), whose first novel, The Merro Tree (1997), though set in a Space Opera galaxy, intriguingly focuses on the struggle of a performance artist (see Arts) to exercise his high craft freely, and to achieve happiness in a same-sex but inter-species romance (see Sex). Waitman sets the tale in Planetary Romance venues, which she inhabits and embroiders with considerable skill. The Merro Tree won the Compton Crook/Stephen ...

Teng Ye

(?   -    ) Chinese author, winner of numerous online writing competitions organized by the Douban site, whose English-language debut was "Yuzhou-pian Xiangyan" (in Scifi New Year Gala, anth 2017; trans by Yang Yuzhi as "Universal Cigarettes" in Dawning in the East, anth 2017), in which a rep from a Drugs company hits upon the idea of despoiling the Earth in order to create a perpetually smoking tower of tobacco. Beyond the discussion of the technology ...

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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