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Zanger, Molleen

(1948-    ) Panamanian-born US author of a Feminist sf tale, The Year Seven (1993), whose protagonist, and other female survivors, find themselves alone (and liberated) by the elimination of all other animal life, including human males. Gardenias Where There Are None (1994) involves a lesbian romance between a contemporary woman and a long-dead ghost. [JC]

Geis, Richard E

(1927-2013) US author, editor and sf fan, best known since 1953 for producing and contributing significantly to a fanzine, Psychotic, and later a Semiprozine, The Alien Critic, both of which were, confusingly, at different times known as Science Fiction Review. He has published other Fanzines. His vigorously anti-highbrow judgements were for a long time influential in the sf field; between 1969 and 1983 he six times won a Hugo for Best Fanzine and a further seven times for Best Fan Writer, the ...

Herbert, Brian

(1947-    ) US author, son of Frank Herbert, who began publishing sf with his third book and first novel, Sidney's Comet: Being an Account of the Remarkable Events Which Occurred During the Approach of the Great Garbage Comet (1983), a comic Satire which launched the short Garbage Chronicles series; the eponymous Comet, composed of human garbage, threatens Earth in the twenty-seventh century; the sequel, The Garbage Chronicles: Being an Account of the Adventures of Tom Javik ...

New Wave

This term, as applied to sf, is borrowed from film criticism, where it was much used in the early 1960s as a translation of the French nouvelle vague to refer to the experimental cinema associated with Jean-Luc Godard (1930-    ), François Truffaut (1932-1984) and others. (It was also later applied to music around 1977 as a synonym for Punk.) The term was first used with reference to UK sf writers by P Schuyler Miller in his regular book-review column "The Reference ...

Chan Koonchung

(1952-    ) Chinese author, editor, journalist, screenwriter and producer, sometimes billed as John Koon or John Chan, a key figure in the modern history of many media in Chinese, but known in the sf genre for a single work. Born in Shanghai but raised in Hong Kong, he completed his education in Boston before returning to Hong Kong in 1976 as the founding editor of Hao Wai ["City Magazine"]. He wrote and produced several films since the 1980s, including Shanghai Blues (1984) ...

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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