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Oppel, Kenneth

(1967-    ) Canadian author most of whose early work, beginning with an adolescent fantasy, Colin's Fantastic Video Adventure (1985), comprises Young Adult fantasy series, including the Silverwing Universe sequence [not listed below] and the Matt Curse sequence beginning with Airborn (2004), a Steampunk sequence set in an Alternate History version of Victorian England dominated by Airships, at least one of them being a Ship of Fools. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein ...

Palmer, Jessica

(1953-    ) US journalist and author of two fantasy series – Dark Lullaby and Renegade World, see Checklist for titles – and the Space Opera Factor sequence, comprising Random Factor (1994), Human Factor (1996) and Random Factor (1997), about a cruel war fought in interstellar space by opposing forces of Clones governed by a central AI, supposedly for the benefit of humanity; but the tables are soon turned, and Earth becomes a battlefield. [JC]

Lovegrove, James

(1965-    ) UK author who also writes as Jay Amory (note play on his name) and has set crosswords for UK newspapers as Jael; his first novel, The Hope (1990) – set on a vast ocean liner as evocative of the topos of the Ship of Fools as it is of the Generation Starship or the Pocket Universe – is vigorously Equipoisal in a manner typical of his work as whole. His second novel, Escardy Gap (1996) with Peter Crowther, a Godgame gone out of control in a town driven ...

Star Battles

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: Bill Weiss. Possibly six issues, Winter 1978 to Summer 1979. / One of several sf Media Magazines issued by Fass in the wake of the success of Star Wars (1977) and the publication Starlog. Coverage included Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and Superman (1979). Among the contributors were Allan Asherman and Jason ...

Glavinic, Thomas

(1972-    ) Austrian author whose novels range widely in subject matter and treatment, and whose fifth book-length fiction, Die Arbeit der Nacht (2006; trans John Brownjohn as Night Work 2008), is a Last Man tale set initially in Vienna after an inexplicable Disaster has stripped the City – and it turns out the world – of all life, except for the narrator. Haunted by hints that he is not in fact alone – though the intruder is in fact his nocturnal Double ...

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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