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Brennan, C M

(1980-    ) US author of a Buck Rogers tie, The Genesis Web (1992), in which Rogers himself does not appear, though other familiar characters do. [JC] see also: Buck Rogers XXVC. /

Wilkins, Lura M

(1879-1963) US author whose awkwardly mixed-genre "Over There": Chronicles of an English Engineer "Gone West" (1935) is presented as its author's stenographic recording of reminiscences of the horrors of World War One on the part of a British engineer. His narrative also describes his discovery of an Underground Utopia, whose entrance is on the dark side of the Moon, and which features advanced Technology and Telepathy; later the engineer visits a Near Future New York, and revels in the ...

Bickham, Jack M

(1930-1997) US author who began publishing sf with Kane's Odyssey (1976) as by Jeff Clinton, and who later wrote two sf novels under his own name. ARIEL (1984) posits a Computer whose AI is both charming and alarming. Day Seven (1988) is a Technothriller. [JC]

Barnes, Jonathan

(1979-    ) UK author who also writes as J S Barnes; the Somnambulist sequence beginning with The Somnambulist (2007) is a complex detective thriller set in a Steampunk version of Late Victorian London, congenially evoking some of the affirming affect created by Tim Powers in The Anubis Gates (1984) and other tales. The stage magician Edward Moon and his giant mute assistant, who is known as The Somnambulist, are drawn into the darker side of the great City. In the second ...

Langan, Sarah

(1974-    )  US author who focused on horror in her earlier career, for which she has won several awards, beginning to publish work of genre interest with "Heat" in EOTU Ezine for December 2000. Her first novel, The Keeper (2006), begins the Keeper sequence of horror tales [not listed below]. She is of sf interest for the Near Future Good Neighbors (2021), a Horror in SF tale recounting in Satirical terms the disintegrative consequences on a Long Island community of the ...

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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