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Brizzolara, John

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Opposite House" for Weird Tales in Fall 1981 with Diane Brizzolara; over the next several years he published fairly frequently in the magazines, and released one sf novel, Empire's Horizon (1989), a Space Opera whose protagonists, on a rebel planet, challenge the Terran Empire (see Galactic Empires). [JC]

Cronin, Michael

(1942-    ) UK actor, screenwriter, and author; he should not be confused with Michael Cronin, a pseudonym of Brendan Leo Cronin (1907-1987). Cronin's Young Adult sequence, Against the Day – comprising Against the Day (1998), Through the Night (2003) and In the Morning (2005) – is set in a 1940s Britain governed by the Nazis (see Hitler Wins), and follow the adventures of its young protagonist as he becomes deeply involved in the resistance movement. [JC]

Towers, Ivar

A Fictioneers Inc House Name (1940-1942), used once by Harry Dockweiler, C M Kornbluth and Richard Wilson for "Stepsons of Mars" (April 1940 Astonishing Stories) – Kornbluth's first story – and once by Wilson alone for "The Man Without a Planet" (November 1942 Super Science Stories). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

O'Keefe, Claudia

(1958-    ) US author, the hero of whose first sf novel, Black Snow Days (1990), has been Genetically Engineered by his mother to reawaken, ten years after his fatal car crash, into a Post-Holocaust environment he is intended to redeem; the novel rather confusedly puts him through a long quest sequence for a McGuffin Hidden Base which contains the answers to questions he resents having to ask. O'Keefe has also edited Ghosttide (anth 1993), mostly originals. [JC]

Julverne

Belgian prog-rock group with a classical chamber-music flavour, named, evidently, after Jules Verne, although the most obviously Vernean title in their discography, Le Retour du Captain Nemo (1993), is in fact a "greatest hits" collection. The band's first two albums Coulonneux (1979) and A Neuf (1981) are playful, witty and self-admittedly "Un Peu Pretentieux" ("a little pretentious", the title of a track on the second album). Later albums include the more rounded Ne Parlons Pas de Malheur ...

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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