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Black Mirror

UK tv series (2011-2019). Zeppotron, Channel 4 (first two series plus Christmas special); Netflix (third and subsequent series). Created and mostly written by Charlie Brooker (1971-    ). Additional writers include Jesse Armstrong and Kanak "Konnie" Asha Huq. Directed by Otto Bathurst, Oona Chaplin, Tom Cullen, Owen Harris, Bryn Higgins, Euros Lyn, Carl Tibbetts and Brian Welsh. Cast includes Hayley Atwell, Jessica Brown-Finlay, Leonora Crichlow, Lindsay Duncan, Jason ...

Van Beverhoudt, O

(1871-?   ) US author in whose Melzar: A Tale of the Jericho Road (1913) a Lost Race is discovered in the deserts of northern Africa. [JC]

Casper, Susan

(1947-2017) US editor and author, married to Gardner Dozois until her death. She began publishing sf with "Spring-Fingered Jack" for Fears (anth 1983) edited by Charles Grant. Her fiction in collaboration with Dozois is assembled in Slow Dancing through Time (coll 1990), which includes one collaboration with both Dozois and Jack M Dann. These stories are also included in Up the Rainbow: The Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper (coll 2017) edited by her husband, most of them Dark Fantasy [see ...

Pineiro, R J

(1961-    ) Cuban-born author, in US from the age of 16, who specializes in Technothrillers, including Siege of Lightning (1993), Ultimatum (1994), Breakthrough (1997), none of strong sf interest. Some later tales of higher sf interest include 01-01-00 (1999), whose protagonists find the secret of a deadly very Near Future Computer virus in an Asian Lost World, Firewall (2002), which rather similarly features a kind of Basilisk, a computer code that when unleashed will ...

Schwartz, Ellen

(1949-    ) US born author, in Canada from 1972, who has specialized in novels for the Young Adult market and for younger readers. Of some sf interest is Jesse's Star (2000), whose young protagonist, on a school assignment to find out about his Jewish ancestors, finds an old Star of David and is Timeslipped into 1880s Russia, where he helps his family and fellow villagers escape persecution and emigrate to Canada. [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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