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Lai, Larissa

(1967-    ) US-born academic and author, in Canada from childhood; much of her work examines implications, personal and cultural, of her Chinese-Canadian background. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (1995; rev 2004), is a complex tripartite fantasy, one of whose strands is narrated by a 1000-year old fox. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (2002), combines two narratives: that of an Immortal female Shapeshifter who speaks sharply crafted wisdom; and that of a young ...

Kadrey, Richard

(1957-    ) US rock musician, author and illustrator; he did the cover for Interzone #9 (Autumn 1984) and the vigorous though somewhat derivative collage illustrations for Dream Protocols (coll 1992 chap) by sf poet Lee Ballentine (1954-    ); he has also contributed articles to Science Fiction Eye and Whole Earth Review. He began to publish sf with "The Fire Catcher" for Interzone, Summer 1985. Not wholly assimilated influences including Cyberpunk as a ...

Beckett, Chris

(1955-    ) Former UK social worker, lecturer on this subject at Anglia Ruskin University since 1990, and author of several sf stories and novels (in addition to solo and co-authored textbooks on social work, not listed below). His first sf appearance was "A Matter of Survival" (October 1990 Interzone); further sales to Interzone and Asimov's followed. Fourteen short sf stories were assembled as The Turing Test (coll 2008), which in 2009 caused some stir by winning the ...

Patrick, Cat

(?   -    ) US author whose novels use sf topoi, some of them Clichés, to activate romance plots for Young Adult readers: in Forgotten (2011) it is a daily Memory Edit which imposes an effect state of Amnesia on its young protagonist; in Revived (2012) an experimental Drug revives an adolescent girl several times into several superficial Identities; in The Originals (2013) three Clones engage complicatedly with romantic involvements; and in Just Like ...

Ling, Peter

(1926-2006) UK scriptwriter, including work for Television series like The Avengers and Doctor Who. He novelized his 1968 Doctor Who serial The Mind Robber (5 episodes 14 September-12 October 1968) as Doctor Who: The Mind Robber (1987). [JC]

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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