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Ho-Yen, Polly

(?   -    ) UK author whose early novels have been designed for Young Adult readers, beginning with Boy in the Tower (2014), which is mostly set in a high-rise in a desolate Near Future Dystopian London menaced by a Disaster of unknown origin: giant mobile plants that devour buildings. Where Monsters Lie (2016) replays some of the structure of its predecessor, but as fantasy; Fly Me Home (2017), again set in London, gifts its young protagonist with Magic ...

Bartholomew, Barbara

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wheel of Fire" for Analog in June 1975, and whose Timeways Trilogy for young adult readers – The Time Keeper (1985), Child of Tomorrow (1985) and When Dreamers Cease to Dream (1985) – traverses familiar Time-Travel themes without undue stress. Other books for younger readers include The Cereal Box Adventures (1981), Flight into the Unknown (1982) and The Great Gradepoint Mystery (1983). ...

Kearney, Susan

(1955-    ) US author, usually of paranormal romances like the Pendragon Legacy [for titles see Checklist], though some of her work – especially the loose unnamed series comprising The Challenge (2005), The Dare (2005) and The Ultimatum (2006) – is amply tinged with sf. In the first of these, a secret agent finds love in the future through Time Travel; in the second, an AI in love subjects herself to Identity Transfer into the body of a teenager so her affair can ...

Levin, Ira

(1929-2007) US playwright and author whose first book, A Kiss Before Dying (1953), is an extremely impressive chiller. He is best known for the horror tale Rosemary's Baby (1967), in which the Devil impregnates a young woman; the book was filmed by Roman Polanski as Rosemary's Baby (1968); the sequel, Son of Rosemary (1997), is weak. Levin moved into sf proper with This Perfect Day (1970), a Dystopian view of a cybernetically regimented future (see Computers), and The Stepford Wives (1972), ...

Rousseau, Victor

Working name of UK-born author Avigdor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960), who also used the pseudonym H M Egbert on his sf, though not exclusively, and signed as V R Emanuel for other work; born of a Jewish father and a French mother – as Sam Moskowitz writes in Under the Moons of Mars (anth 1970) – he lived more and more in the USA after his first arrival in 1901, with periods back in the UK, and in Canada 1912-1916, when much of his significant work was written. After a non-genre ...

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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