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Sladek, John T

(1937-2000) US author who spent two decades in the UK from 1966, becoming involved in the UK New-Wave movement centred on Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, and co-editing with Pamela Zoline Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (two issues 1968), where work by both editors, J G Ballard, Thomas M Disch and others appeared. In the mid-1980s he returned to Minneapolis, a town which had long supplied local colour to many of his more severely satirical stories, whose protagonists ricochet through their ...

Poisons

Assorted deadly substances form a subset of sf Drugs but often contain little intrinsic science-fictional interest: for example, "barbitide" in Samuel R Delany's Captives of the Flame (1963 dos; rev vt Out of the Dead City 1968) has effects resembling those of conventional arsenic, while the fast-acting "Divban rabbit-venom" mentioned in Roger Zelazny's This Immortal (October-November 1965 F&SF as "... And Call Me Conrad"; exp 1966) is hardly more than a rebranding of curare. A grimly ...

Bishop, David

(1966-    ) New Zealand-born editor and author now resident in the UK; before 2000 he edited at least two UK Comics: Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD. He has since written Ties for Judge Dredd, Doctor Who and Nikolai Dante [see Checklist below] and scripted adventure storylines for The Phantom. As a comics editor, he was generally admired. He has also written several audio books, which are not listed here. [JC]

McCarthy, Shawna

(1954-    ) US editor who served 1983-1985 as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which period she won a 1984 Hugo as best professional editor; and 1985-1988 as sf editor of Bantam Books. For Asimov's she produced four anthologies: Isaac Asimov's Wonders of the World (anth 1982), Isaac Asimov's Aliens & Outworlders (anth 1983), Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (anth 1984; vt Isaac Asimov's Space of Your Own 1984; cut under original title 1989) and Isaac Asimov's ...

Harper, Harry

(1880-1960) UK author with Claude Grahame-White of two sf juveniles: The Air-King's Treasure (1913) and The Invisible War-Plane: A Tale of Air Adventure in the Great Campaign (1915). In the latter an Airship is concealed by paint which (it is claimed) neither absorbs nor reflects light. Much later Harper wrote two solo works of semifictional Futures Studies, Winged World: The Coming of the Air Age (1946), where something like a planetary Pax Aeronautica is anticipated, and Dawn of the Space Age ...

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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