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Westerfeld, Scott

(1963-    ) US composer and author – married since 2001 to Justine Larbalestier – whose first sf novel, Polymorph (1997), a tale immersed in a heatedly entangled New York, features a Shapeshifter protagonist who seems to match the city, both protagonist and venue being rendered in ways that hint of his Urban Fantasies [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to come, though Westerfeld focused first on sf. The young protagonist of Fine Prey (1998), ...

Pincher, Chapman

(1914-2014) Indian-born biologist, journalist, and author of some fiction and considerable journalism; in the UK after 1918, where he began publishing nonfiction books of popular science in the 1940s. In his first sf novel, Not with a Bang (1965), an anti-age Drug brings Immortality and eternal youth to the western nations, only for the USSR to poison the immortals with nuclear radiation, turning them into wizened gnomes who opt for mass suicide while the as-yet-untreated young look on in ...

Isis

US juvenile tv series (1975-1976; vt The Secrets of Isis). Filmation Associates for CBS television. Directors were Hollingsworth Morse, Arnold Laven, Arthur H Badel and Earl Bellamy. Writers included Marc Richards and many others. Cast includes JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler and Joanne Pang. 22 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Isis was the first female Superhero to star in her own US Television series, beating both The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) – who can be counted as such – and the ...

Round Robin

Round-robin stories, in which multiple authors take turns to write sections or chapters of a continuous narrative, generally tend to be games played for the writers' own amusement rather than serious fictional enterprises. Such playful collaborations date back to the nineteenth century. One non-sf instance which had some modest commercial success was the very British mystery novel The Floating Admiral (1931) by "Certain Members of the Detection Club"; there were thirteen contributors, those ...

Welford, Sue

(1942-    ) UK author, in New Zealand from around 2005, almost all of whose work has been for children or Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Flight for Freedom" in Fantastic Space Stories (anth 1994) edited by Tony Bradman. Her three series [none are listed below] are the Just George sequence for younger readers, and the Charlie Scroggins sequence and the St Jo's Hospital sequence, both nonfantastic. Some of her individual novels are of sf ...

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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