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Kimmel, Daniel M

(1955-    ) US journalist, film critic and author, active as a columnist for The Boston Herald (1996-1998) and elsewhere 1984-current, most of his nonfiction being concerned with Cinema and the Media Landscape in general. Of his several volumes of nonfiction, Jar Jar Binks Must Die ... and Other Observations About Science Fiction Movies (coll 2011) is of considerable interest for its ...

Noël, Atanielle Annyn

(1947-    ) Now the legal name of the US author who, under her earlier legal name, Ruth S Noel, published two studies of J R R Tolkien: The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth (1974 chap) and The Mythology of Middle-Earth: A Study of Tolkien's Mythology and its Relationship to the Myths of the Ancient World (1977). Her three novels as Atanielle Annyn Noel rather mercilessly tumble together fantasy, sf and ...

Wiener, Norbert

(1894-1964) US mathematician and author who established the contemporary sense of the word Cybernetics in his highly influential nonfiction work Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948; exp rev 1961). Some of his further speculations in this field appear in The Human Use of Human Beings (1950) and in ...

Collins, Bridget

(1981-    ) UK actor and author active in the latter capacity, usually as by B R Collins, from the publication of The Traitor Game (2008), the first of several Young Adult novels, some containing fantasy elements. She is of wider interest for her two adult novels. The Binding (2019) is a fantasy about the ability of Story to tell the life of its teller. The Betrayals (2020) is no more fantasy than ...

Edmonds, Gill

(?   -    ) UK teacher and author whose first novel, The Common (1984), is a Dystopian vision of a Near-Future London where the texture of life has been brutalized by Overpopulation; the common of the title – South London Commons – becomes a haunt of feral children. The Silkie (1986) is fantasy ...

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 ...

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