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Howard, Robert E

(1906-1936) US author, along with H P Lovecraft the central fashioner of generic American fantastic fiction before 1940, excluding sf: in Howard's case, Sword and Sorcery, and in Lovecraft's case supernatural horror as such (but also Horror in SF). Howard's few contributions to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos do not bring out the sf elements, and he did not himself write any full-scale sf – although Almuric (May-August 1939 Weird Tales; 1964) is a Planetary Romance in the manner of Edgar Rice ...

Ranzetta, Luan

Pseudonym of Valerie Ranzetta (?   -?   ), author of several routine sf adventures focusing on Alien Invasions, great Disasters and crises in Spaceships; they include The Uncharted Planet (1961) as V Ranzetta, The Maru Invasion: Turmoil and Destruction on Earth (1962), The World in Reverse (1962), The Night of the Death Rain (1963) and The Yellow Inferno (1964). [JC]

Kirstein, Rosemary

(1953-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Salvage" with Sabine Kirstein for Aboriginal Science Fiction, March/April 1989. Her first novel followed in the same year, The Steerswoman (1989), opening the Steerswoman sequence which initially has a fantasy-quest flavour – with swords and other items of medieval Technology, wizards and even so-called demons and dragons – but proves to be set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other ...

Ballard, J G

(1930-2009) UK author, born in Shanghai and as a child interned in a Japanese civilian POW camp during World War Two. He first came to the UK in December 1945, and read medicine at King's College, Cambridge, but left without taking a degree. He began publishing sf with simultaneous stories in each of E J Carnell's two sf magazines: "Escapement" for New Worlds and "Prima Belladonna" for Science Fantasy, both December 1956. From the first, his writing was influenced by the Surrealist painters and ...

Gear, W Michael

(1955-    ) US author with extensive training in American archaeology; married to Kathleen O'Neal Gear from 1982 He began publishing sf with the competent Spider sequence – The Warriors of Spider (1988), The Way of Spider (1989) and The Web of Spider (1989), plus The Artifact (1990), which serves as a prequel – about the conflict between a newly discovered lost-colony offshoot of humanity and the reactionary Directorate which attempts to control human space. The ...

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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