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Marusek, David

(1951-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Earth Is on the Mend" for Asimov's in May 1993, and who quickly established a reputation for the creation of Near Future visions of Earth of nearly unparalleled complexity. Although he comes close at time to expounding a case for the kind of Technological fixes favoured by Hard SF writers, the exhilaratedness of his work does not depend on a sense that the problems and dilemmas the future offers us ...

Fifield, Mrs James

Married name of US author Effie W Merriman (1856-?   ), who published several books under her own name, and Rejuvenated (1928) as by Mrs James Fifield, in which a seventy-year old man through a process of Rejuvenation becomes thirty again, to comic effect. [JC]

Orgill, Douglas

(1922-1984) UK author, mostly of thrillers, from the early 1960s; of sf interest are his two novels with John R Gribbin, whom see for descriptions: Sixth Winter (1979) and Brother Esau (1982). [JC]

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The

Japanese animated film (2010); original title Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu. Based on the Light Novel by Nagaru Tanigawa. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and Yasuhiro Takemoto. Written by Fumihiko Shimo. Voice cast includes Minori Chihara, Yūko Gotō, Aya Hirano, Daisuke Ono and Tomokazu Sugita. 162 minutes. Colour. / A sequel to the popular Television series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006-2009), set later in the same year. High-schooler Haruhi (Hirano) ...

Cherryh, C J

Working name of US author Carolyn Janice Cherry (1942-    ), who taught for some years (1965-1976) before becoming a full-time writer; she is the sister of David A Cherry. Since 1976 – when she won the John W Campbell Award for most promising writer – she has produced more novels than stories, publishing several before her first story, the Hugo-winning "Cassandra" (October 1978 F&SF). Eventually she accumulated enough short fiction to publish The Collected ...

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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