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Steffens, Arthur Joseph

(1873-1939) UK author of fiction for boys, who also wrote as by Arthur S Hardy; most of his adventure tales are nonfantastic, though Azar the Mighty (1931 chap) as by Arthur S Hardy features a Tarzan hero, an Apes as Human sidekick, and Imperialist sentiments about matters of race. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Willis, Meredith Sue

(1946-    ) US author active since the early 1990s, much of her work being nonfiction about the art of writing. Of some sf interest is the Young Adult tale The City Built of Starships (2005), whose young Ecologically-sound protagonist confronts old-guard remnants of the expedition which has attempted to colonize (see Colonization of Other Worlds) the beleaguered planet she hopes to save, along with its sentient inhabitants. [JC]

Darbyshire, Peter

(1967-    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Roadkill Man" for On Spec in March 1995. Most of his work under his own name – including three novels, Please (2003), The Warhol Gang (2010) and I'd Never Been Shot for Real Before (2014 ebook) – presents hallucinated but essentially nonfantastic visions of urban life, though the descriptions of Virtual Reality mazes at the heart of the contemporary Media Landscape in ...

Unsworth, Tania

(?   -    ) UK-born author resident in the USA from early adulthood, daughter of the novelist Barry Unsworth (1930-2012); her early work, beginning with The Seahorse (2002) is nonfantastic. She is of sf interest for The One Safe Place (2014), a Young Adult Near Future tale set initially on a farm declining inexorably due to catastrophic Climate Change which has created a Ruined Earth world. After the protagonist leaves home for the Dystopian City, the story ...

Herring, Michael

(1947-    ) Prolific US illustrator, now resident in Australia, active in several other genres as well as sf. Herring received his art education in London at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (1967-69) and at the University of California, Long Beach (1969-70). For the next several years he tried to make a living as a fine artist in California. In 1975 he moved to New York City and began working as a professional illustrator. Until about 1990 he worked in oils on ...

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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