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Jay, Peter

(1937-    ) UK author, economist and former diplomat who served as the UK Ambassador to the USA 1977-1979. His Future History Apocalypse 2000: Economic Breakdown and the Suicide of Democracy (1987) with Michael Stewart, was inefficient as fiction but acute about the pleasures and miseries of late capitalism, which is portrayed as being consumed by debt; the Predictions of Far Eastern financial ruin and international irrelevance were, on the other hand, imperceptive. [JC]

Hunter, Evan

One of the first pseudonyms and from 1952 the adopted legal name of US author born Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005), who ultimately became better known as Ed McBain, under which byline he wrote at least over fifty laconic police procedurals as well as some action-detections in the John D MacDonald mould. All in all, Hunter/McBain published about 150 books. As Hunter he is most famous for novels like The Blackboard Jungle (1954) and Strangers When We Meet (1958); his later career had little ...

Wasserman, Robin

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult fiction whose first series, the Chasing Yesterday sequence beginning with Awakening (2007), follows the attempts to recover herself of a young woman who awakens with Amnesia in an apocalyptic ruin. Trying to recover from a similar state of Identity loss, the young protagonist of the Skinned/Cold Awakening sequence beginning with Skinned (2008; vt Frozen 2009) finds herself in an artificial body after her own has been destroyed; the Near ...

Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy

Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on slick glossy paper. Two issues from DW Publications, March and June 1978. Editor: Douglas Wright. Publication was quarterly. / An interesting failure among the flood of film publications which hit US newsstands in the late 1970s, Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy featured more colour photos than most of its rivals. #1 had an interview with Ray Harryhausen, while #2 included some material on Ray Bradbury. Current Television was also covered, but the ...

Friesner, Esther M

Working name of US author Esther Mona Friesner-Stutzman (1951-    ), who began publishing stories of genre interest with "The Stuff of Heroes" in Asimov's for September 1982, and who has remained prolific in shorter forms, with around 200 stories by the end of 2012; "Death and the Librarian" (December 1994 Asimov's) and "A Birthday" (August 1995 F&SF) both won Nebulas for best short story. Almost all of her work is fantasy or Supernatural Fiction, much of it incorporated ...

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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