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Liss, David

(1966-    ) US comics writer and author, most of whose novels have been historical thrillers, beginning with A Conspiracy of Paper (2000), most featuring Benjamin Weaver [not listed below]. A Young Adult series, the Randoms sequence beginning with Randoms (2015), a slightly helter-skelter though deliberately comic narrative whose young protagonist Zeke discovers that the sf he had devoured when even younger was literally true (for a different unfolding of this basic topos, ...

Schoch, Tim

(1949-    ) US author moderately active in various genres; of sf interest is Creeps: An Alien in our School (1985), a Young Adult tale set in a high school haunted by an Alien; and Flash Fry, Private Eye (1986), which incorporates fantasy elements into a similar mix. [JC]


Role Playing Game (2015). Wordplay Games. Written by Paul Mitchener, based on the Wordplay game system by Graham Spearing. / Small Press Horror in SF roleplaying game that mines the transition of the gritty, pessimistic tenor (see Optimism and Pessimism) of the UK-specific Scientific Romance to the mainstream of Television and Cinema in the wake of World War Two. / Giant, beetle-like Aliens dubbed "Scarabs" destroy earth's twelve most populous Cities in the autumn of 1951, fortifying ...

Ged, Caer

Pseudonym used by Geo W Proctor for one novel, The Coming of Cormac (1974). Ged is sometimes wrongly listed as a pseudonym of David Gerrold. [JC/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Spector, Warren

(1955-    ) US Game designer who has worked on both pen and paper and digital games. His first published design was the Role Playing Game Toon (1984), an amusing homage to classic US cartoons, written with Greg Costikyan and developed by Steve Jackson Games. Spector went on to help design various Board Games and RPGs, of which the most notable was perhaps Tactical Studies Rules' Buck Rogers XXVC (1990). He then moved into the Videogame industry at the end of the 1980s, ...

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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