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Erdman, Alan T

(1946-    ) US author whose first novel, Maximum Security: The Mojave Project (2006), polemically examines the California penal system in 2032 (see Crime and Punishment), after a 2016 earthquake has caused the dispersal of facilities, and the Supreme Court's judging capital punishment to be unconstitutional has forced other changes. [JC]

Rochester, George E

(1898-1966) UK author, mostly of fiction for boys under his own and several other names, including John Beresford, Frank Chaltam, Barton Furse, Jeffrey Gaunt, Eric Roche and Hamilton Smith; much of this output did not reach book form, including his first known sf tale, "The Black Vulture" (28 April-23 June 1934 Scoops), about a Mad Scientist plotting to rule the world. The Despot of the World (1936) tells a similar tale. Several 1930s tales with evocative titles – like The Skywayman: ...

Joron, Andrew

(1955-    ) US poet and author, much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish Poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is ...

Blum, Yoav

(1978-    ) Israeli software developer and author whose first translated novel, Metsarfe ha-miòkrim (2011; trans Ira Moskowitz as The Coincidence Makers 2018), in which (in a traditional sf sense) a group of young men and women exercise their professional skill, which resembles Psi Powers: the ability to create coincidences and events binding on the future, under the control of a Secret Master cabal. But the tale is in fact a Fabulation, exuberantly echoing various ...

Morrow, James

(1947-    ) US author who lectured and taught in the 1970s, served as a contributing editor to Media and Methods magazine 1978-1980, and produced material for Boston television 1979-1984. His first book was Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook (1973). Through the 1980s he produced several textbooks for children, along with at least five children's novels beginning with The Quasar Kids (1987). Unsurprisingly, his first sf novel, The Wine of Violence (1981), shows ...

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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