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Killiany, Kevin

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with a tale Tied to the Star Trek universe, "Personal Log" in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV (anth 2001) ed Dean Wesley Smith, John J Ordover and Paula M Block; his two Ties to the MechWarrior subdivision of the Battletech game universe are MechWarrior: Dark Age: Wolf Hunters (2006) and MechWarrior: Dark Age: To Ride the Chimera (2008). [JC]

Buchan, John

(1875-1940) Scottish barrister, politician, journalist, publisher and author; ill-health and his age prevented his active service in World War One, a disqualification which deeply distressed him, though he joined the War Office in 1916 and became Director of the Department of Information in 1917. He served as Governor-General of Canada from 1935 until his death, in conjunction with which appointment he was created the first Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield. Buchan began to publish work of genre ...

Desmond, Shaw

(1877-1960) Irish author, poet, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research in 1934, and author of many works on the afterlife and several Scientific Romances. Democracy (1919) predicts a Near Future revolution in the UK. The Dystopian Ragnarok (1926) envisages the destruction of civilization through a worldwide Future War fought by armies equipped with radio-controlled planes and poisonous gases, the narrative concentrating on the derring-do of futuristic fighter pilots. ...

Schochet, Victoria

(1947-    ) US editor, publisher and author, married to Eric Van Lustbader since 1982; subsequently a freelance editor and nonfantastic novelist as Victoria Lustbader. She has worked editorially at Analog (as managing editor), Harper, Putnam, and as senior sf/fantasy editor at the Berkley Publishing Group, where she co-edited all five volumes of the significant Original Anthology The Berkley Showcase (#1 and #2 1980; #3 and #4 1981; #5 1982), the first four with John ...

Taylor, John

(1931-2012) UK physicist and author, chiefly of popular science books, whose short fiction of genre interest is confined to "Survival of the Fittest" in Beyond This Horizon (anth 1973) edited by Christopher Carrell. The nonfiction Black Holes: The End of the Universe? (1973) includes some fanciful and implausible speculation on the properties of Black Holes that verges on sf. Taylor ventured out of his areas of undoubted expertise – mathematical Physics and artificial intelligence (see ...

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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