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Gardner, Gilson

(1869-1935) US author of A New Robinson Crusoe: A New Version of his Life and Adventures, With an Explanatory Note (1920), an updating of various Robinsonade tropes; the protagonist is becomes a castaway due to a plane crash; there are hints of Inventions in the air, which edge the text into sf. [JC]

Rolls, Brian

(?    -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is Something in Mind (1973), in which an experimental Drug sends its users on mind-trips through Time and space. [DRL]

Penny, Laurie

(1986-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Making Babies" in Terraform [online] for 13 April 2015; in her sf novel, Everything Belongs to the Future (2016), is set in a Near Future Britain, most of whose inhabitants have been comprehensively immiserated by the very rich, the 1% have access to an Immortality Drug, though the protagonist and her cohort hope to change the world for the better. [JC]

Cremer, Andrea

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, who has written at least one adult Sex fantasy as by A D Robertson; she is perhaps best known for the Nightshade sequence beginning with Nightshade (2010), set in a fantasy America where Werewolves and humans co-exist uneasily. The main protagonist of the series is a young woman whose energy and adroitness lead her into power-games and romance. Cremer is of sf interest for the Inventor's Secret sequence beginning with The ...

Garfield, Richard

(1963-    ) US Game designer with a PhD in combinatorial mathematics, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1998. Garfield is perhaps the epitome of game designer as celebrity mathematician. He is famous primarily for having invented the modern Collectible Card Game in 1993 with the release of his first published game, Magic: The Gathering (see Card Games), a remarkably complex piece of design with excellently crafted gameplay which ...

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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