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Yanagihara, Hanya

(1974-    ) US journalist, editor and author best-known for first novel, the nonfantastic A Littl Life (2015). Her first novel, The People in the Trees (2013), which is of sf interest, takes some elements from the life and career of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (1923-2008), an eminent medical researcher who identified a cure for kuru, a deadly disease afflicting the South Fore people of New Guinea through their practice of funerary cannibalism, for which he shared the Nobel ...

Bérard, Sylvie

(1965-    ) Canadian academic and author who began to publish work of interest in the fields of the fantastic with "Autour de l'elfe" ["Around the Elf"] for Nouvelles fraîches #3 in 1987, and who has published about forty stories since. Her first novel, Elle meurt à la fin ["She Died at the End"] (1993) with Brigitte Caron, is nonfantastic; her second, Terre des Autres (2002 Solaris #143 as "La Guerre sans temps" ["War Without Time"]; much exp 2004; trans Sheryl ...

Callenbach, Ernest

(1929-2012) US environmentalist, film critic and author whose own Banyan Tree Books published his first novel, Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston (1974 American Review #19 as "First Days in Ecotopia"; exp 1975), after it had been refused by several professional houses; it was reported in the mid-1980s to have sold more than 300,000 copies, which should come as no surprise given the reasoned seductiveness of the Utopia premised in its pages. As of 1999, Washington, Oregon and ...

Spies, Spoofs & Super Guys

Letter-size, saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. One issue only, dated 1966, from Dell Publishing. No editor named. / This was the nearest that Dell Publications ever came to issuing a "monster magazine" or sf media title, apparently intended from the outset as a one-off publication. Television articles dealt with the series The Avengers (1961-1969), Batman (1966-1968), Get Smart! (1965-1970) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968); films covered included the early James Bond features and such ...

Kindberg, Tim

(?   -    ) UK computer scientist and author who is of moderate sf interest for his first novel, The Vampires of Avonmouth (2021), an Equipoisal tale featuring a sea-borne Invasion of untraditional Vampires – energy eaters rather than blood suckers – in distant Near Future suburban Bristol (see Horror in SF), threatening a Britain already suffering in 2087 under a Dystopian regime. [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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