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Garson, Clee

A House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines, initially by David Wright O'Brien in 1942-1944, and revived by Paul W Fairman (for at least one story, "Nine Worlds West", Fantastic Adventures April 1951). The last of thirteen Garson stories, "Scavengers in Space" (October 1955 Fantastic), ...

Kiernan, Caitlín R

(1964-    ) Irish-born Comics writer and author, in the US from childhood, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Persephone" for Aberrations in 1995, and the script for a Neil Gaiman spin-off, The Dreaming (1997-2001). Most of her work has been variously designated as dark fantasy or cosmic horror, but intermittently throughout her prolific career there is a sense that – ...

McCarthy, Wil

Working name of US engineer and author William Terence McCarthy (1966-    ) who began publishing sf with "What I Did with the OTV Grissom" for Aboriginal in May/June 1990; his first book appearance was the very thin chapbook Dirtyside Down (1991 chap dos). In his first novel, Aggressor Six (1994), which begins the two-volume Waisters sequence concluding with The Fall of Sirius (1996), ...

Perry, Walter Copland

(1814-1911) UK author, lawyer and archaeologist in whose sf novel, The Revolt of the Horses (1898), the Houyhnhnms from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735) arrive in the Near Future England of 1950. Finding humans as terrible as ever – a Future War features in the tale – they decide to destroy the race. [JC]

Gold, Jerome

(1943-    ) US anthropologist, publisher of Black Heron Press, and author, whose two Alternate History thrillers in the Inquisitor series, The Inquisitor (1991) and The Prisoner's Son: Homage to Anthony Burgess (1996), posit a hardscrabble Near Future destiny for the Pacific Rim states, which have been sold to Mexico. [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 ...

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