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Conviser, Josh

(1974-    ) Working name of US screenwriter and author whose Ryan Laing sequence of Near Future thrillers, comprising Echelon (2006) and EMPYRE (2007), posits a world in which contemporary intelligence surveillance has become hugely more sophisticated (capable in effect of not only gathering data but interpreting it). In the first volume, the Cyborg protagonist is instrumental in ...

Afterblight Chronicles, The

A loose Shared World for Young Adult readers, devised by Jonathan Oliver of Rebellion and published by that company's Abaddon imprint. The setting of The Afterblight Chronicles is in Post-Holocaust times following a devastating worldwide Pandemic: cultists and warlords clash in the resulting Ruined Earth scenario. The ...

Sherburne, Zoa

(1912-1995) US author of much fiction for Young Adult readers, including about 300 stories; an sf novel, The Girl Who Knew Tomorrow (1970), about a young woman whose powers of Precognition alienate her from society. Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? (1974) is fantasy. [JC]

Blumenfeld, F Yorick

(1932-2024) Dutch-born journalist and author, in the US from 1941, in New Zealand during the 1960s, and in the UK from 1969; son of the German artist and photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969), about whom he wrote The Naked and the Veiled: The Photographic Nudes of Erwin Blumenfeld (1999). His first sf novel, Jenny Ewing: My Diary (1981 chap; vt Jenny: My Diary 1982 chap) as by Jenny Ewing offers an exceedingly grim ...

Smith, James Robert

(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Things Not Seen" in 2 AM for Spring 1987, most of his short work being horror. His first novel, The Flock (2006), is a very Near Future action-heavy tale featuring the eponymous civilization of highly intelligent prehistoric birds, whose survival into the present in the backwoods of inland Florida has been made possible by its enormous care not to ...

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 ...

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