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Longstreth, T Morris

(1886-1975) US author active from 1915 or earlier; of sf interest is a late juvenile (see Children's SF) tale, Time Flight (1954), in which two contemporary young men are Timeslipped into seventeenth-century Salem at the time of the witch trials, and find themselves in danger. [JC]

Ings, Simon

(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Blessed Fields" in Other Edens III (anth 1989) edited by Christopher Evans and Robert P Holdstock; and who has become moderately prolific as an author of short stories. His first novel, Hot Head (1992), heatedly and congestedly, and with moments of Cyberpunk-ish brilliance, presents the life-story and adventures – in Virtual Reality and other realms – of a lesbian Muslim wanderer in the early twenty-first ...

Tanton, Bruce

(1946-    ) UK-born author in Australia from the age of nine; of his Young Adult novels, one is sf, The Jericho Factor (1993), a Space Opera in which Homo sapiens is threatened by an Alien intelligence. [JC]

Friedman, C S

(1957-    ) US costume designer (until 1996) and author who sometimes writes as Celia or Celia S Friedman; much of her work is fantasy. Her first fiction, though, the Azean Empire sequence comprising In Conquest Born (1987) and The Wilding (2004), is a far-flung interstellar Space Opera; Planetary Romance elements surface when the two main vying civilizations – the Azeans (who specialize in mind-controlled Weapons including Telepathy) and the high-tech warrior Braxins ...

Meisch, Patrick

(?   -     ) US teacher and author whose first novel, Those the Future Left Behind (2021), envisions a Near Future Dystopia where an Overpopulation-crisis has inspired a program in which the young and underprivileged are given decent lives, on condition that they submit to early death. The tale is told by a government enforcer of this compact. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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