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Intelligence Officer, The

Pseudonym of UK military officer, war correspondent (from 1894) and author Lionel James (1871-1955), of whose work The Boy Galloper (1903) as by The Intelligence Officer is a Future War story for Young Adult readers in which, reassuringly, Great Britain does not fail to come through victorious. [JC]

Girard, Dian

(1942-2017) US author and artist long active in Los Angeles Fandom, publishing the spoofish Board Game The Game of Fandom in June 1964 as by Dian Pelz – her then married name, also used for some artwork appearing in the late 1960s. She began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" in 2020 Vision (anth 1974) edited by Jerry Pournelle. Further short stories as Girard followed. The Serious Assembler: A Pournelle Users Guide (1985), with her second husband Charles ...

Kleeman, Alexandra

(1986-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Fairy Tale" in The Paris Review for Winter 2010; this was assembled with other tales that variously explore the water margins of Fantastika as Intimations (coll 2016). Her first novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel (2015), Satirizes the modern all-absorptive Media Landscape through the attempts of its protagonist, identified only by the letter A, to become essentially indistinguishable from ...

de Vere, Howard

Pseudonym of US author William Howard Van Orden (?1816-?1894), active in the later nineteenth century as an author of tales for Boys' Papers. Three titles have been discovered to be of sf interest: The Demon of the Deep; Or, Above and Beneath the Waves (1876 The Boys of New York; 1893 chap), an Under the Sea adventure for boys with Inventions galore, including a submarine operated by electricity, and a volcanic island which causes the magnetic pole to judder; The Sea Fiends; Or, Under the Ocean ...

Young, Suzanne

(1976-    ) US author of the A Need So Beautiful paranormal romance sequence beginning with A Need So Beautiful (2011) and the Young Adult Program sequence beginning with The Program (2013), which is set in a Near Future Dystopian America afflicted by an apparent virus that causes a hugh number of teenagers to commit suicide. The only preventative seems to be a Memory Edit designed to eliminate painful parts of the past; the young protagonist resists this, helped by the love ...

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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