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Kingston, W H G

(1814-1880) UK author, almost solely for boys from 1850, more than 100 of his novels being juveniles, many of which expose his evangelical convictions; of these two are sf interest: Mark Seaworth: A Tale of the Indian Ocean (1852), a Lost Race tale; and At the South Pole: Or, the Adventures of Richard Pengelley, Mariner (1870), where the climate is unexpected. From 1853 until his death he was married to Agnes Kinloch Kingston, whose translations of Jules Verne and Johann Wyss were published ...

Bear, Elizabeth

Working name of Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky (1971-    ), US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "e e 'doc' cummings" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 2003, and who has released at least fifty stories since; she won the 2005 John W Campbell Award for best new writer, and the Hugo award for "Shoggoths in Bloom" (March 2008 Asimov's). She is best known for her sharp-tongued, noirish Jenny Casey sequence of Military SF/police ...

Segriff, Larry

(1960-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat's Eye" in Cemetery Dance for Fall 1993. His first series, the Tom Jenkins sequence comprising Spacer Dreams (1995) and Alien Dreams (1998), is Military SF, lightly and competently told, with a Young Adult protagonist who finds adventure in the stars; his contributions to the Tom Clancy's Net Force franchise are consistent with its requirements. Wizardspawn (2003) begins as Paranoid sf, with a man's ...

Kenyon, Ernest M

(1920-1980) US author who began to publish sf with "Security" for Astounding in October 1955, but did not actively pursue a career in the genre. Rogue Golem (1977) is an sf adventure about an Android who, in a highly regimented Near Future, by suspecting his nature violates his programming. [JC]

Robinson, Kim Stanley

(1952-    ) US author who began writing sf stories with "Coming Back to Dixieland" and "In Pierson's Orchestra", both published in Orbit 18 (anth 1975) edited by Damon Knight. He initially published solely in shorter forms, releasing about ten stories before gaining his PhD in English at the University of California in 1982, studying under Fredric Jameson. In revised form, his thesis was later published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick (1984); thoroughly researched, at ease ...

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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