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Carson, Rae

(1973-    ) US author, who is married to Charles Coleman Finlay; she began publishing work of genre interest with "First Waltz" in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine for 2006, almost entirely concentrating on fantasy for the first several years of her career. The Young Adult Fire and Thorns sequence beginning with The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011) is romantic dynastic fantasy with Magic; the Gold Seer Trilogy beginning with Walk on Earth a Stranger (2015), which is set in ...

Willeford, Charles

(1919-1988) US soldier – much decorated in World War Two – and author, best known for noir crime thrillers like The Burnt Orange Heresy (1971) and for the equally dark police thrillers in the Miami-based Hoke Moseley series, most famously the first title in the sequence, Miami Blues (1984). In a prefiguration of the surreal juxtapositions examined in his work, Willeford's first novel, High Priest of California (1953), was bound with a reprint of Talbot Mundy's Lost Race novel, Full ...

Malzberg, Barry N

(1939-    ) US author. For about seven years he was extremely prolific in the sf field, very quickly producing some twenty sf novels and over 100 short stories, and much other work; his sf output slowed dramatically towards the end of the 1970s, when he became disenchanted with the genre for reasons explained in his collection of essays The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction in the Eighties (coll 1982; much exp vt Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last ...

Chambers, Julius

(1850-1920) US journalist, noted for his daring in the gathering of far-flung stories, with the Philadelphia Times from 1900; and author of "In Sargasso": Missing, a Romance; Narrative of Capt. Austin Clark, of the Tramp Steamer "Caribas," Who, for Two Years, Was a Captive Among the Savage People of the Seaweed Sea (1896), a Lost Race tale – the race is composed of descendants of slaves and Spaniards – whose protagonists finds a new Utopia in the Sargasso Sea, a society in which ...


Long-established UK generalist science magazine (1869-current), a nonfiction Slick now published weekly by Nature Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Macmillan). H G Wells contributed some speculative essays around the beginning of the twentieth century. Under the editorship of Henry Gee, Nature introduced a weekly series of short-short (see Flash Fiction) sf stories as "Futures" from November 1999 to December 2000. Most of these one-pagers are by established sf authors: Arthur C Clarke launched ...

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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