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Webb, Don

(1960-    ) US author and high school English teacher who began to publish sf with "Rhinestone Manifesto" in Interzone #13, Autumn 1985. His first book, Uncle Ovid's Exercise Book (coll 1987), winner of the Fiction Collective Award, declared his capacity for formal inventiveness and his technical affinities for the literary avant garde. A native Texan, Webb was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, and has published three mystery novels (with, unsurprisingly, strong ...

Klass, Judy

(1967-    ) US playwright and author, daughter of occasional sf short story writer Morton Klass (1927-2001), niece of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and sister of David Klass, most of whose work of sf interest has been short stories, of which she has published over twenty since 1995, including "We'll Have Manhattan" (April/May 2004 Asimov's). Her first sf publication was a Tie to the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: The Cry of the Onlies (1989) [JC]

Wendig, Chuck

(1976-    ) Working name of US Role Playing Game developer, Comics writer, screenwriter and author Charles David Wendig (1976-    ), who also signs as C D Wendig, under which form of his name he published his first work of genre interest, "Bourbon Street Lullaby" in Not One of Us for September 1997. His work as a whole [selectively presented in Checklist below] tends to shuffle genres, without necessarily examining or taking advantage of the perspectives ...


US tv series (1972-1973). Warner Brothers Television for NBC-TV. Series created by Leslie Stevens. Produced by Robert H Justman, Anthony Spinner. Directors included Russ Mayberry, Allen Reisner, Philip Leacock. Writers included Robert C Dennis, Brad Radnitz, Michael R Stein. Cast includes Anthony Franciosa, Doug McClure, Burgess Meredith and Hugh O'Brian. One 100-minute pilot film entitled Probe, plus 23 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This sf detective series is an example of "spy-fi" ...


A plague is a disease that travels from somewhere else. Many afflictions which are difficult to transmit, like leprosy, or the legion of cancers, are not normally described here, therefore, even loosely, as plagues, and are not treated in this encyclopedia under the Pandemic heading, a term here applied to contagions that invade. Various pestilences – including bubonic or pneumonic plague – do of course meet that loose criterion. Their pedigree is deep; invasive plagues have ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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