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Smith, Oli

(?   -    ) UK author exclusively to date associated with the Doctor Who universe, having written several Ties: Nuclear Time (2010) for the Doctor Who New Series, Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon (2010) for the Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny series, and the nonfiction The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (2010) for the Doctor Who Nonfiction series. [JC]

Berthet, Élie

(1815-1891) French author, who specialized over his prolific career mostly in tales of criminal life set in Paris, publishing more than 100 novels over his long career; he is perhaps best known in English translation for L'homme des bois (1861; trans anon as The Wild Man of the Woods: A Story of the Island of Sumatra 1868), the family of whose human protagonist is threatened by the eponymous advanced orang-utan (see Apes as Human); it is a text which may have been one of the influences on Edgar ...

Zelenyj, Alexander

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose Black Sunshine (2005) surreally depicts a Post-Holocaust world suddenly deprived of all light, a transformation described more colouristically than, but with equivalent effect to, that found in similar Eschatological landscapes in the work of José Saramago and Robert Charles Wilson. Experiments at 3 Billion A M (coll 2009) assembles forty tales, some published here for the first time; the abrupt clarities of his ...


Role Playing Game series (from 1996). Pinnacle Entertainment Group (PEG). Designed by Shane Lacy Hensley. / Deadlands is a series of Role Playing Games and associated works which fuse horror, weird fantasy and Steampunk-tinged sf with the motifs of the classic Western. The tone is grotesque and deliberately over the top, suggestive of a Pulp genre that never was (or, at least, was only invented long after its natural home had disappeared, in such works as Joe R Lansdale's occult Western ...

Pettit, Henry

(1842-1921) US architect and author of A Twentieth Century Idealist (1905), the biography of a dreamer that climaxes in a Lost Race Utopia where his visions have come true. [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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