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Phillips, Donald G

(?   -    ) US author of a Tie for the Battletech Wargame universe, Battletech: Star Lord (1996). [JC]

Schwerin, Doris H

(1922-2013) US composer of incidental music for Broadway productions, and author whose The Rainbow Walkers (1985; vt The Missing Years 1986) is an intermittently moving sf tale in which a wealthy man, afflicted with myeloma, puts his body into Cryonic suspension, with poignant consequences. [JC]

Hawksley, Humphrey

(1964-    ) UK journalist and author, very well known for his work as a foreign correspondent in the Far East; his novels constantly press into sf readings after the pattern of most Technothrillers set in the very Near Future, though it is certainly the case that tales like his first, Dragonstrike: The Millennium War (1997) with Simon Holberton, and his fourth, Dragonfire (2000), unmistakably deal in more than a teasing fashion with the lead-up to and waging of versions of ...

Boitard, Pierre

(1787-1859) French botanist, geologist and author, whose two works of sf interest are composed for young readers; each title appeared separately in 1830s journals, and was subsequently assembled in revised form in Paris avant les hommes (coll 1861; trans Brian Stableford as Journey to the Sun 2016). The framing narrative, in which a demon conducts a human interlocutor on a guided tour of regions of interest, is shared. "Etudes astronomiques" (1839 Musèe des familles – lectures pour ...

Newton, J H

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Aztec Treasure (1936), a Lost Race tale describing the 300-year-long rule of an Aztec king over Zombies on an Island off South America. [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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