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Eggleton, Bob

(1960-    ) US illustrator who has worked in the sf field since 1984 when he did his first book cover, for Baen Books. He has worked for a number of publishers since then. For his paintings he normally uses acrylic. He has quite a wide range – fantasy and horror as well as sf – but is especially known for his space and Spaceship paintings, which are at once interestingly detailed and sweepingly romantic. His popularity has been growing since the late 1980s; from ...

Bhatia, Gautam

(1988-    ) Indian lawyer, essayist and author, resident in the UK; author of studies in Indian jurisprudence including Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Freedom of Speech Under the Indian Constitution (2015). He is of direct sf interest for the Chronicles of Sumer sequence beginning with The Wall (2020), set in an Earth-like venue at some indeterminate time in what could be the Far Future, where a vast circular self-sufficient City-state has flourished, apparently for millennia, ...

Kasner, Michael

(1941-2008) US author who served as a US Army captain in Vietnam and wrote under various names, including Rick Mackin for the Chopper Cops Near Future police procedurals beginning with Chopper Cops: Fire Storm (1990) and ending with Chopper Cops: Sky War (1991), and Don Pendleton, the latter after the real Pendleton sold his name as a House Name, contributing various titles to the Mack Bolan: Stony Man sequence of thrillers featuring a protagonist with some Superhero powers, and marginally Near ...

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty – universal nickname for the statue in New York harbour whose official name is "Liberty Enlightening the World" – took some time to climb her pedestal. Shortly after he had designed a lighthouse for the entrance to the Suez Canal in 1867, based on an École des Beaux-Arts-inspired reverence for colossal art of the Classic Era, the sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi (1834-1904) received a commission from the government of France to create a statue ...

Ebenbach, David

(1972-    ) US academic, poet and author, active from around 2000; He began publishing work of genre interest with "Team Orderly Mars" in Not One of Us for October 2016, his earlier short stories, variously assembled, are nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for his third novel, How to Mars (early version May/June 2021 Analog; 2021), in which a cadre of scientists, on a publicity-shaped mission to Mars, find themselves isolated when their reality show link is broken (see Media ...

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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