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Bear, Greg

Working name of US author Gregory Dale Bear (1951-    ), son-in-law of Poul Anderson. He began publishing sf with "Destroyers" for Famous Science Fiction in Winter 1967, and began to write full-time in 1975, his first stories and novels being auspicious but not remarkably so; his work did not hint at all strongly that he would become one of the dominant writers of the 1980s. Between 1985 and 1990, however, he published six novels whose importance to the realm of Hard SF ...

DuPrau, Jeanne

(1944-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, those of specific sf interest being her City of Ember sequence – The City of Ember (2003), The People of Sparks (2004) and The Prophet of Yonwood (2006), all three assembled as The Books of Ember (omni 2008), plus The Diamond of Darkhold (2008) – set in a Ruined Earth two centuries after the Holocaust; the City of Ember is an underground Keep or Pocket Universe – its inhabitants seem unaware of the surface of the ...

Kuttner, Henry

(1915-1958) US author, married to C L Moore from 1940 until his death; his childhood interest in Weird Tales early led him to correspond with H P Lovecraft and others: his first sale to the magazine was a poem, "Ballad of the Gods", in February 1936, followed by "The Graveyard Rats" (March 1936 Weird Tales). His stories for the magazine included a Robert E Howard-like Sword-and-Sorcery series collected as Elak of Atlantis (stories May 1938-January 1941 Weird Tales; coll of linked stories 1985). ...

Crack in the World

Film (1965). Security Pictures/Paramount. Directed by Andrew Marton. Written by Jon Manchip White, Julian Halevy. Cast includes Dana Andrews, Alexander Knox, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 96 minutes. Colour. / An attempt to use a nuclear device to tap geothermal energy from deep within the Earth causes a large and ever increasing crack in the crust. A bid to halt the process with a further nuclear explosion sends into space a large chunk of the Earth, which forms a new moon. This ...

Yokoyama Eiji

(1953-    ) Japanese artist and Manga illustrator, who quit his design company job in 1981, the same year as his comics debut, "Richigi-na Gendai" ["The Age of Integrity"] (graph 1981 Comic Ryū). Other notable early works include Scramble Kekka ["Scramble Effect"] (graph 1982 Shōnen Champion) and Monthly Planet (graph 1985 S-F Magazine), all gag strips depicting Hard SF situations with cute, infantilized characters. He was also a cover illustrator for many ...

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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