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Sadler, Barry

(1940-1989) US soldier, songwriter and author; his most famous song, "Ballad of the Green Berets" (1966), commemorated the Special Forces in Vietnam; he was imprisoned for 30 days in 1980 for voluntary manslaughter, after shooting a fellow songwriter who had been molesting a female neighbour. As an sf writer he was known exclusively for his series of Military SF adventures starring a mercenary named Casca – cursed with Immortality by Jesus Christ (see Wandering Jew) – who serves in ...


A full entry for sf in Turkey must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. The best known Proto SF author from this region is Lucian of Samosata in what is now modern Turkey. Little Turkish sf has been translated; two relevant authors given full entries in this encyclopedia are the Turkish-Armenia-born US Gregory Casparian and Tahsin Yücel. A further creator with Turkish ancestry is the ...

O'Keefe, Megan E

(1985-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Another Range of Mountains" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 30 (anth 2014) edited by Dave Wolverton, and who initially focused on fantasy, in particular the Scorched Continent sequence beginning with Steal the Sky (2016), set in a Steampunk-inflected world with Airships and Doppelgangers and much usable gear. O'Keefe is of sf interest for her second series, the Protectorate ...

L'Estrange, Miles

Pseudonym – which can be translated as Unknown Soldier – of an unidentified late-nineteenth-century UK author (?   -    ) whose What We Are Coming To: A Forecast (1892) describes in Satirical terms its narrator's response to a secular, "progressive" England where women have been emancipated (see Women in SF) and the currency has been decimalized. [JC]

Wiltshire, David

(1935-    ) UK author of several novels for Robert Hale Limited including three Genre SF tales under his own name, beginning with The Homosaur (1978), and one as by John Bedford, The Titron Madness (1984). A BBC Television serial adaptation of his Horror in SF tale Child of Vodyanoi (1978; vt The Nightmare Man 1981) – featuring multiple killings on a Scottish Island by an apparent Alien from a UFO, actually its deranged Russian quasi-Cyborg pilot – was broadcast ...

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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