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Smith, E E [2]

In effect a pseudonym used by Gordon Eklund (whom see), who after expanding an old E E Smith story as Lord Tedric (March 1954 Universe by Smith; exp 1978) wrote further solo sequels variously credited as collaborations and as by Smith alone. [JC/DRL]

Clark, Jan

(?   -    ) US author, mainly known for the two volumes of her Prodigy sequences of Space Operas comprising Prodigy (1997) and Earth Herald (1998), featuring Rieka Degahv, female captain of a military spaceship who becomes embroiled in an interstellar intrigue designed to topple a commonwealth of species, in which humans are present but do not dominate. The fast pace and claustrophobic competence of her writing has caused her work to be likened to that of C J ...

Robinson, Kim Stanley

(1952-    ) US author who began writing sf stories with "Coming Back to Dixieland" and "In Pierson's Orchestra", both published in Orbit 18 (anth 1975) edited by Damon Knight. He initially published solely in shorter forms, releasing about ten stories before gaining his PhD in English at the University of California in 1982, studying under Fredric Jameson. In revised form, his thesis was later published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick (1984); thoroughly researched, at ease ...

O'Malley, Kathleen

(1955-    ) US author who has collaborated with A C Crispin on two volumes of the latter's StarBridge series of Space Operas for Young Adult readers. Another collaboration is the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Possession (1996) with J M Dillard. [JC/DRL]

Astra Lost in Space

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Original title Kanata no Asutora. Based on the online Manga by Kenta Shinohara. Lerche. Directed by Masaomi Andō. Written by Norimitsu Kaihō. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risae Matsuda, Inori Minase, Hitomi Nabatame and Shunsuke Takeuchi. Twelve usually 24-minute episodes (1 and 12 double length). Colour. / In 2063, eight high school students and a ten-year-old are going to camp for five days together on the planet McPa, unsupervised. ...

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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