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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Gay, Anne

(1952-    ) UK teacher and author, married to Stan Nicholls (1949-    ), who began publishing sf with "Wishbone" in Gollancz-Sunday Times Best SF Stories (anth 1987) edited anonymously; she has used her married name Anne Nicholls for later short fiction. Her first novel, Mindsail (1990) – like all her works it is a Planetary Romance – promisingly describes an alien planet to ...

Cave, Peter

(1940-    ) UK author who has only occasionally published work in the fantastic, the first known examples being "Cry Martian" in Impulse (see Science Fantasy) for May 1966 as Peter L Cave and "Scoop!" in Tit-Bits for 16 September 1967. From 1971 he wrote various Sex novels [not listed below] as by Petra Christian, both solo and in collaboration with Christopher ...

Schoeman, Karel

(1939-2017) South African author who wrote primarily in Afrikaans. Of his many novels, Na die Geliefde Land (1972; trans Marion V Friedman as Promised Land 1978), which was filmed as Promised Land (2003), is of sf interest for its portrait of a Near Future South Africa stultified by the consequences of apartheid, and in which, after they have lost power, whites live marginalized existences. [JC]

Williams, Tad

Working name of US author Robert Paul Williams (1957-    ), almost all of whose work has been fantasy, including his first novel, Tailchaser's Song (1985), and whose most influential work is the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn sequence comprising The Dragonbone Chair (1988), Stone of Farewell (1990) and To Green Angel Tower (1993; vt in 2 vols Siege 1994 UK and Storm 1994 UK), which is ...

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 ...



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