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Freed, Alexander

(?   -    ) US author of Videogames – including work on Star Wars: The Old Republic – Comics, Role Playing Games, and some fiction, most of this output contributed to the Star Wars universe. A game-based novel example is Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company (2015). There is every evidence that his work is competent. [JC]

Harris, Richard R

(?   -    ) US author of The Martian Solution (1997 chap), a short sf novel set on Mars featuring a woman detective. [JC]

Wright, Ronald

(1948-    ) UK-born historian, travel-writer and author, in Canada from 1970. His sf novel, A Scientific Romance (1997), explicitly acknowledges a close connection to H G Wells, whose first Scientific Romance The Time Machine (1895) (see Time Machine; Time Travel) provides a model for the later book, as do the vivid earlier portions of The Shape of Things to Come (1933) that describe a balkanized depopulated land in the distant Near Future; he also acknowledges Richard ...

Blackman, Malorie

(1962-    ) UK screenwriter and author, prolific in several genres and for various age levels, though she is almost certainly best-known for the Young Adult Noughts & Crosses sequence beginning with Noughts & Crosses (2001) [for vts see Checklist below], which is set in an Alternate World called Zafrica where whites are oppressed and Blacks are in charge (see Race in SF). In this first and in succeeding volumes, as the years pass, the injustices and ameliorations of ...

Johnson, W Ryerson

(1901-1995) US Pulp magazine editor and author whose chief sf relevance is a small contribution to the extensive Doc Savage franchise during its 1933-1949 run in Doc Savage magazine. His three titles in the resulting Doc Savage novel series, all written with Lester Dent and published as by Kenneth Robeson, are Land of Always-Night (1966), The Fantastic Island (1966) and The Motion Menace (1971) [see Checklist below for original magazine appearances]. Johnson was the final editor of the pulp ...

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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