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Snodgrass, Melinda M

(1951-    ) US lawyer, television screenwriter and author who was strongly associated with Star Trek in her early career, her first novel being Star Trek: The Tears of the Singers (1984); she also served as Executive Script Consultant for the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Of greater sf interest is the Circuit Trilogy – Circuit (1986), Circuit Breaker (1987) and Final Circuit (1988) – which takes a handsome Federal Court judge and his ...

Schlobin, Roger C

(1944-2017) US academic and bibliographer, with the Department of English at Purdue University, Indiana, professor emeritus since 2011. Though Schlobin contributed bibliographically to the sf/fantasy field in general, it is clear that he focused by choice on fantasy. His first book of genre interest, A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction (1977) with L W Currey and Marshall B Tymn, attempted, like many ...

Wise, Clement

(?   -?   ) UK author of a very mildly fictionalized Utopia, Darkness and Dawn (1884) anonymous, which argues for universal state ownership of all goods, on a Christian basis; the descriptions of working conditions in factories is powerful. [JC]

Drumm, D B

A House Name used on Dell Books' Post-Holocaust Traveler series of Survivalist Fiction, initiated by Ed Naha, with most of the novels being the work either of Naha or of John Shirley. [PN]

Barton, William R

(1950-    ) US author who has concentrated for most of his career on sf novels set in Space Opera arenas; within this normally expansive frame, he tends to focus on intimate venues, where stressful interactions amongst sometimes dysfunctional characters give a dark, closet-drama feel to his tales. His first novel, however, Hunting on Kunderer (1973), traditionally confronts humans with Alien natives on a dangerous new planet; A Plague of All Cowards (1976 dos) was also an sf ...

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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