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Mian, Mary

(1902-2001) US translator and author, sometimes using her full name Mary Lawrence Shipman Mian, almost exclusively of Young Adult fantasy tales; she is of sf interest for The Net to Catch War (1975), whose young protagonists are sent 100 years into the past by a Time Travel device, finding themselves on the Santa Fe Trail, where they become involved with the historical Captain St George Cooke (1809-1895) in the ...

Pringle, Eric

(1935-2017) UK screenwriter and author connected in his earlier career with the Doctor Who universe, for which he wrote a Tie, Doctor Who – The Awakening (1985). Later he chiefly concentrated on Radio work, though his Big George sequence for younger children, beginning with Big George (2001), amusingly retells the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in sf terms, with a ...

Chilson, Rob

Working name of US author Robert Dean Chilson (1945-    ). His first sf story was "The Mind Reader" in Analog for June 1968. Of his novels, which generally fail to step beyond the routine, As the Curtain Falls (1974) is a Far-Future adventure with some highly coloured moments, The Star-Crowned Kings (1975) is a Space Opera about a member of a subject race ...

Knight, Norman L

(1895-1972) US author and pesticide chemist for the Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1963. He was not a prolific writer, publishing only 11 stories altogether, the first of which was the serialized novella "Frontier of the Unknown" for Astounding in July and August 1937. He made his main contribution by collaborating with James Blish on A Torrent of Faces (1967). This novel – whose ...

Barceló, Miquel

(1948-2021) Spanish computer-systems and aeronautical engineering professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, translator, editor and author; he also directed the polytechnic's PhD program on Sustainability, Technology and Humanism. He founded and edited the Fanzine Kandama from 1980 until its discontinuation in 1984, publishing both translations of noteworthy English-language authors and Spanish-language authors who would later become important ...

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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