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Stewart, Jean

(1953-    ) US author of the Women of Isis sf sequence, beginning with Return to Isis (1992) and ending (in mid-narrative) with Return to Isis (1992). The sequence, set in a Ruined Earth venue in a manner that evokes the Planetary Romance, is a forcefully articulated presentation of a world in which a lesbian state (see Gender; Sex) can gain and retain autonomy. This venue, a distant Near Future transformation of America, is divided basically into two states: Elysium, run by ...

Webb, Sharon

(1936-2010) US nurse and author who began publishing sf with a poem, "Atomic Reaction" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1963 as by Ron Webb, and whose first story, "The Girl with the 100 Proof Eyes" (July 1964 F&SF), also as by Ron Webb, appeared a year later in the same journal. She began to produce fiction regularly only from the end of the 1970s, after about a decade in nursing, experience which figured in the nongenre RN (1981) and in her new tale, "Hitch on the ...

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 ...

Appleton, Jane Sophia

(1816-1884) US editor and author of regional texts, focused primarily on Bangor, Maine; Voices from the Kenduskeag (anth 1848) with Cornelia Crosby Barrett, assembles poems and stories for a local audience, some fantastical; much of the material seems to be directly by Appleton. Of sf interest in the book are "Vision of Bangor in the Twentieth Century" and "Sequel to the Vision of Bangor", in which a distant Near Future Bangor is seen as a Utopia in which the sexes are equal (see Feminism). ...

Outlaw Star

Japanese animated tv series (1998). Original title Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā. Based on the Manga by Takehiko Itō. Sunrise. Directed by Mitsuru Hongo. Written by Katsuhiko Chiba. Voice cast includes Takeshi Aono, Toshiko Fujita, Takaya Hashi, Tsutomu Kashiwakura, Seizo Kato, Ayako Kawasumi, Rica Matsumoto, Yuko Miyamura, Kazuhiro Nakata, Shigeru Shibuya and Sayuri Yamauchi. 26 26-minute episodes. Colour. / Long ago, the discovery of Dragonite crystal in a meteorite led ...

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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