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Rodgers, Alan

(1959-2014) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Boy who Came Back from the Dead" in Masques #2 (anth 1987) edited by J N Williamson (1932-2005), a strongly moving fantasy tale later assembled with other work in New Life for the Dead (coll 1991). Rodgers's first novel, Blood of the Children (1989), is horror, but his second, Fire (1990), combines sf and horror in a Near-Future story in which a fundamentalist US President threatens a nuclear attack against the USSR ...

Van Pallandt, Nicolas

Working name of Dutch director, screenwriter, painter and author Floris Nicolas Ali, Baron van Pallandt (1961-2006), son of Nina van Pallandt (1932-    ); mostly in New Zealand from 1994. The Butterfly Night of Old Brown Bear (graph 1992) and Troll's Search for Summer (graph 1994), both heavily illustrated by the author, are fantasies for younger readers. Of direct sf interest is Anvil (1998), set on a world similar to Earth, where his sister's mysterious disappearance ...

Corey, Paul

(1903-1992) US reporter and author in various genres, active from as early as 1934 with "Their Forefathers Were Presidents" for Story, though his first work of genre interest, "Operation Survival" for New Worlds, did not appear until December 1962. Most of his early novels are set on farms in the US Middle West; the title of one of them, Acres of Antaeus (1946), deceptively suggests sf content; The Little Jeep (1946 chap) is a short fantasy about a wartime jeep retiring to a farm, where life is ...

Smith, Andrew

(1962-?   ) UK author of a Tie to the Doctor Who universe in the Doctor Who Target Novelizations subseries, Full Circle (1982), a novelization based on the Fourth Doctor. [JC]

Bacon, Francis

(1561-1626) English statesman, philosopher and author who practised as a barrister before embarking on a political career which ended in 1621 with his dismissal, for taking bribes, from the post of Lord High Chancellor of England. Early in life he planned a vast work, The Instauration of the Sciences, a review and encyclopedia of all knowledge, the first inklings of which (and the first use of the term "Instauratio magnus" ["great instauration"]) appeared in the manuscript "Temporis partus ...

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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