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Ryman, Ras

Pseudonym of UK author James D Brown (?   -    ) for three Space Operas published by Robert Hale Limited; they are The Quadrant War (1976) – a Space Opera of War between rival interstellar empires – Day of the Ultramind (1977) and Weavers of Death (1981) [JC]

Watson, Angus

(1972-    ) UK author who initially wrote fantasy, primarily the Age of Iron sequence beginning with Age of Iron (2014). He is of some sf interest for his second sequence, the West of East series beginning with You Die When You Die (2017), set in an Alternate World America a millennium ago, where Magic works, though a band of lost Vikings takes refuge. Towards the end of the first volume, an Empress has a vision (see Predictions) of the arrival of a "putrefying cloud" of ...

Warhola, James

(1955-    ) American artist, nephew of artist Andy Warhol. After obtaining a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977, he moved to New York to pursue work as a commercial artist. He began his career in sf art with a clever cover for a 1982 edition of Philip José Farmer's The Book of Philip José Farmer (coll 1973), showing the author typing on Mars with Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan sitting on his shoulder and strange creatures lurking nearby. A similar cover ...

Corlett, William

(1938-2005) UK actor, playwright and author, in the latter capacity mostly for older children, though much of his later work, which openly explores the lives of gay men, was written for adults. He is of sf interest mainly for the Gate of Eden trilogy, comprising The Gate of Eden (1974), an essentially associational tale which he adapted for Television as The Gate of Eden (1979). The Land Beyond (1975), which involves Timeslips; and Return to the Gate (1975), in which the young protagonist of ...

Buchanan, Ginjer

(1944-    ) US editor and occasional author, active in Fandom from 1968, who while employed as a social worker in New York from the early 1970s carried out freelance work for sf publishers: she was consulting editor for the Star Trek Ties at Pocket Books and an outside reader for the US Science Fiction Book Club. In 1984 she became a full-time editor at the Putnam/Berkley-owned Ace Books, with subsequent promotions to Senior Editor (1987), Executive Editor (1994), and Senior ...

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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