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Lee, Jody A

(1958-    ) American artist. After graduating from San Francisco's Academy of Art College in 1980, she relocated to New York City to pursue a career as a professional artist. She was soon painting a number of book covers for DAW Books, including books by Mercedes Lackey and Jo Clayton, two authors she has long been associated with. Indeed, she was especially well suited to illustrate their and others' works of Fantasy since her style at times recalled a medieval tapestry, ...

Graham, Jo

(1968-    ) US author, whose early work, beginning with Black Ships (2008), which is based on Virgil's Aeneid (circa 29-19 BC), and is fantasy, as is Lost Things (2012) with Melissa Scott, which seems to be the first volume of a series of fantasies set in a modestly Steampunk 1920s, where gods and goddesses are discovered beneath Lake Nemi. Of sf interest is a series of Ties to the Stargate: Atlantis Television series of Military SF adventures governed by the eponymous ...

Asher, Neal

(1961-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Another England" for Back Brain Recluse #14 in Autumn 1989, and who published stories with some frequency in the 1990s, though without gaining much attention; during this period, he published several individual volumes, most of them short, including Mindgames: Fool's Mate (1992) and The Parasite (1996 chap). There were several assemblies of shorter material, the most substantial of these being The ...

Fforde, Jasper

(1961-    ) UK author who worked in the film industry as a focus puller (the task of maintaining image sharpness on what is being shot) and began publishing with The Eyre Affair (2001), the first volume of his Thursday Next sequence, set in an Alternate World 1985. In this reality – which playfully might be called an Alternate Cosmos – standard alternate-world conventions are honoured, sometimes in passing: Wales is an independent state; the Crimean War has ...

Ehrlich, Paul R

(1932-    ) US academic and author of The Population Bomb (1968), an influential – though often described as alarmist – text which predicts Disaster as a result of Overpopulation. Various gloomy Predictions about damage to Ecology are fictionalized in his short "Eco-Catastrophe!" (September 1969 Ramparts). [DRL] see also: Z.P.G. (1971). /

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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