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Matheson, Richard

(1926-2013) US screenwriter and author, initially thought of as primarily an sf writer, having begun to publish work of genre interest with "Born of Man and Woman" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Summer 1950; he was a creator of terror and fantasy in both fiction and film; his Westerns, however, are mostly nonfantastic. His sometimes daring transgressions of conventional genre boundaries marked him from the first as a ...

Zinos-Amaro, Alvaro

(1979-    ) Spanish editor and author, in US after around 2003; he began to publish work of sf interest with "Problems of the Solid State" in Farrago's Wainscot for January 2009, and has since also been active as critic, with pieces appearing in New York Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons and elsewhere. His ...

Adaf, Shim'on

(1972-    ) Israeli editor, musician, poet and author; born to Moroccan immigrant parents, he grew up in Sderot, a poor town situated some five kilometres from Gaza City and populated by mostly Moroccan Jewish immigrants. His childhood experience shapes much of his fiction. / Adaf has won several awards for his poetry, which is widely translated. He moved to Tel Aviv after his military service, where he became the youngest ever editor of a ...

Williams, Zillah

(1934-    ) UK-born librarian and author, in Australia from her late childhood, most of whose work is for Young Adult readers, including The Doom Cloud (1982), whose young protagonist seems to have been drawn into another Dimension. [JC]

Vincent, Lady Kitty

Working name of Scottish dog-breeder and author Lady Kitty Edith Blanche Ogilvy (1887-1969), who also wrote children's fiction as by Lady Kitty Riston; she is of sf interest for Lost World (1937), a Lost World adventure. [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 ...

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