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Kent, Steven L

(1960-    ) US author of the Clone Republic sequence of Military SF stories involving a society of Clone soldiers who find an overachieving human warrior, with a mind of his own, difficult to come to terms with; the series begins with The Clone Republic (2006), and is projected to continue indefinitely. [JC]

Baird, Thomas

(1923-1990) US art historian, a lecturer with the Frick Collection 1954-1957, latterly a professor of art; his several well-received novels, beginning with Triumphal Entry (1962), often dealt with art history; none of this early work contained any significant element of the fantastic, but Where Time Ends (1988) is a Young Adult tale of some interest set in a Near Future world threatened by biological warfare, and Smart Rats (1990) even more darkly presents a vision of a Big-Brother Dystopia, an ...

Blue Book Magazine, The

US general fiction Pulp magazine which ran for 613 monthly issues from May 1905 to May 1956. It began as The Monthly Story Magazine, became The Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine in September 1906, The Blue Book Magazine in May 1907, and finally Bluebook in February 1952. By the 1930s it was regarded as the "King of the Pulps" and one of the big three, alongside Argosy and Adventure. It published more science fiction than either of those titles and was a close rival to The All-Story in the ...

Hatch, Richard

(1945-2017) US actor, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) series, and author of several Ties to the Battlestar Galactica universe, beginning with Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon (1997) with Christopher Golden; his other collaborators include Brad Linaweaver, Alan Rodgers and Stan Timmons. [JC]

Lucas, Penelope

(?   -    ) UK author of Wilderness Moon (1991), a Prehistoric SF tale set in northern Siberia 30,000 years ago with Equipoisal shamans. [JC]

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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