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Vandel, Jean-Gaston

Joint pseudonym of Belgian authors Jean Libert (1913-1995) and Gaston Vandenpanhuyse (1913-1981), best known for the nonfantastic Coplan FX-18 sequence of thrillers as by Paul Kenny. Their twenty sf novels under the ambitious Anticipations label, used by the publisher Fleuve Noir for a large number of titles in the 1950s, tend to place speculative renderings of various types of society – some technocratic, some more loosely constructed – into Space Opera contexts. Most of these ...

Marmell, Ari

(1974-    ) US author, mostly of series, beginning with the Corvis Rebaine sequence comprising The Conqueror's Shadow (2010) and The Warlord's Legacy (2011), which is military fantasy with sf touches in the descriptions of gear. Of marginally more direct sf interest is Iron Kingdoms Chronicle: In Thunder Forged: The Fall of Llael: Book One (2013), a Tie to the Videogame Warmachine, where Steampunk Weapons mix alchemically with Magic; the tale is the first of several ...

Thomas, Leah

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shards" in Daily Science Fiction for April 2011; Because You'll Never Meet Me (2015), an epistolary Young Adult novel, one of whose protagonists is allergic to electricity, while the other requires a pacemaker to control his cardiomyopathy; the two gradually discover that there is a Genetic Engineering link between them. [JC]

Sinclair, Alison

(1959-    ) UK-born medical doctor and author, permanently in Canada from 1979, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Assassin" in Back Brain Recluse for Summer 1991. She is of greatest sf interest for her first three novels. Though no specific mention is made of Homo sapiens, Legacies (1995) is tonally akin to sf novels, mostly of an earlier generation, which are set during or after the great interregnum of Long Night that succeeds the first attempts of our ...

Woodard, George C

(1924-2001) US editor and author whose New Day, Big World, Few People: A Novel of the Past and Future (1969) describes a Near Future world in which Overpopulation crises have been solved. [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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