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Solomon, Rivers

(1989-    ) US author whose first novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts (2017), is set in a Generation Starship many years into its journey. The SF Megatext provides a generous range of likelihoods for this setting to illuminate, some of which Solomon duly invokes: the ritualized maintenance procedures designed to keep the ship and its inhabitants in order; the hierarchized society, whose ruler may be a figurehead and whose Secret Masters may only be uncovered late in the action; ...

Card, Orson Scott

(1951-    ) US author who began his adult life with activities befitting his faith – he worked as a Mormon missionary in Brazil, 1971-1973, an experience seemingly fictionalized to revealing effect in "America" (January 1987 Asimov's). He wrote several plays and other works with religious content before exploding onto the sf scene with his first published story of genre interest, "Ender's Game" for Analog in August 1977. This was nominated for a Hugo and served as the ...

Wooley, Sheb

(1921-2003) A rodeo rider and character actor particular associated with Western movies, Wooley is included here for his 1958 novelty record "The Purple People Eater"; a bouncy, light-hearted jingle about a space Alien, the "one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater" of the title, who descends to earth hoping to join a rock band, an ambition he realizes, perhaps improbably, at the song's end. According to some accounts this release is MGM's best selling single. It has been covered by many ...

Romans, R H

(?   -?   ) Astronomer and author, probably American, for the 1930s sf Pulp magazines, including "The Moon Conquerors" (Winter 1930 Science Wonder Quarterly), a Space Opera implausibly involving the Moon, though the tale is notable for the suggestion of an electromagnetic drive to launch a Spaceship to the Moon; its companion piece, "The War of the Planets" (Summer 1930 Wonder Stories Quarterly), is presented as the text of a work discovered on the Moon in the ...

Odom, Mel [2]

(1950-    ) US artist whose career began in the mid-1970s with erotic illustrations for Blue Boy and Playboy, followed by genre work in Omni and 1980s paperback covers for novels by various authors including Richard Adams, Paul Hazel and other writers of Fantasy, a genre well suited to his distinctive pencil-and-gouache technique. His paintings have also appeared on several Anthologies including Afterlives: An Anthology of Stories about Life After Death (anth 1986) edited by ...

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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