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Stawicki, Matt

Working name of American artist Matthew Stawicki (1969-    ), though he is occasionally credited with his full name. After graduating from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1991, Stawicki embarked upon a career in genre art with a 1993 cover for Brad Linaweaver's Moon of Ice (March 1982 Amazing; exp 1988), an image of the Earth and Moon separated by a red bar with a swastika, that bore no resemblance to the sort of art he would later specialize in – ...

Stine, G Harry

(1928-1997) US author who published most of his early work, most of it Children's SF, as by Lee Correy, but who in the 1980s began increasingly to publish fiction under his own name; his popularizing nonfiction about space travel and satellites had always been released under his own name, however, as was his first story, "Galactic Gadgeteers" in Astounding for May 1951. As Correy, his best-known sf tale is "'... And a Star to Steer Her By'" (June 1953 Astounding), to which his first novel, a ...

Proctor, Geo W

(1946-2008) US teacher, occasional illustrator, broadcaster and author who published fiction in various genres from 1972, some non-sf being as by Zack Wyatt; after routine Sword and Sorcery tales with soft-porn dollops like The Coming of Cormac (1974) as by Caer Ced, his first sf was The Esper Transfer (1978), a modest sf adventure whose Telepathic protagonist must escape various dangers. Although varied in its use of sf devices, and inventively constructed so as to allow its protagonists some ...

Meredith, Richard C

(1937-1979) US author who began publishing sf with "The Slugs" for Knight magazine in November 1962. His first novel, The Sky Is Filled with Ships (1969), is an effective Space Opera in which colonies revolt against a tyrannical corporation. We All Died at Breakaway Station (January-March 1969 Amazing; 1969) is a bleak, well-crafted space opera in a kind of Alamo setting, where a scarred Cyborg crew must withstand both external Alien enemies and the devils of introspection. Run, Come See ...

Wehrenberg, Charles

(1944-    ) US engineer and author, active in the latter capacity from the late 1960s. Most of his work, some of it evocatively flagrant, is nonfantastic, like the exorbitant historical thriller Oda's Web (1995), beginning the Perret series featuring a rampageous spy; though some of the stories assembled as Radio Reactive Apples: Stories (coll 1995) edgily evoke elements of Fantastika. WillBall (1995), is based on a Videogame whose heroine conducts ruthless battles, often ...

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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