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Levinson, Leonard

(1935-    ) US author of sf novels under other names: contributions to the Butler series of Sex-charged Technothrillers beginning with Killer Satellites (1980) under the House Name Philip Kirk; and The Camp (1977) as by Jonathan Trask. [JC]

LaHaye, Tim

(1926-2016) US evangelical minister, "prophecy scholar" and author with Jerry B Jenkins of the thirteen-book Left Behind sequence which depicts the Holocaust that ravages the world in terms of fundamentalist beliefs in the Rapture which precedes/accompanies the Second Coming of Christ. The series is not normally (or properly) read as sf, as the Godgame implications of the story arc take it far beyond what one might call Equipoisal fair play; but its depiction of various forms of destruction and ...

Matiasz, G A

(1952-    ) US journalist and author, active in the former capacity from the 1970s, best known for his column as by Lefty Hooligan in Maximum Rocknroll from 1992 to 2020. His first novel, End Time: Notes on the Apocalypse (1994), is set in a Near Future world dominated by an America in thrall to its corporations and attempting to crush revolts across the planet; a group of antiwar students, in possession of a secret Weapon, declare the independence of the City of Oakland ...

Dirac Communicator

A Imaginary-Science device invented by James Blish for the story "Beep" (February 1954 Galaxy; exp vt The Quincunx of Time 1973), and used by him also in other stories. It is an instantaneous communicator, named after the great theoretical physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984); the Blish story contrasts it with Faster Than Light but non-instantaneous Ultrawave communications. Others have since borrowed the device, but more recently Ursula K Le Guin's Ansible has been the communicator of preference ...

Lowenstein, Sallie

(1949-    ) US author of tales for younger children and Young Adult novels, often with fantastic settings. Of sf interest are Evan's Voice (1998), set in a future Dystopia where the protagonist cares for his young brother Evan whose has been rendered speechless by a plague – eventually hope dawns; Focus (2001), which takes place on a future Earth where Genetic Engineering supposedly shapes the young for the kinds of work now available, but fails with the protagonist, ...

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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