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Walker, Alice

(1944-    ) US author best known for novels like The Color Purple (1982), exploring from a Feminist perspective the fate of being Black in America. One of the protagonists of The Temple of My Familiar (1989), an extremely long Fabulation, is immortal (see Immortality) or has suffered numerous incarnations (see Reincarnation), and the tales she tells embody a savage indictment of racism (see Race in SF) and patriarchal dominance over the centuries. Counteracting this, deep ...

Wetherell, June

(1909-2010) US journalist and author, mostly of historical romances with Gothic colouring, active from around 1941. Of her thirty-one novels, one is of sf interest, the Young Adult Blueprint for Yesterday (1971), set partly in a high-Technology Near Future Dystopia, and partly in a rural retreat, where, along with the young lad she falls in love with, the young protagonist finds secret rebels who may redeem the world on traditional lines. [JC]

Goldston, Robert C

(1927-1982) US author of crime fiction, also under the pseudonym James Stark; of fantasies such as his first novel, The Eighth Day (1956), dealing with miracles in a religious context; and of The Shore Seen Dimly (1963), in which the passengers and crew of a yacht at sea apprehend a nuclear Holocaust from a distance as they approach a seemingly deserted America. [JC]

Lawhead, Stephen R

(1950-    ) US author of Christian Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, which also see for entry on this author); permanently in the UK from about 1991. He began writing work of genre interest with the Dragon King fantasy trilogy beginning with In the Hall of the Dragon King (1982); a later fantasy sequence, the Pendragon Cycle, beginning with Taliesin (1987), Christianizes (which is to say, re-Christianizes) Arthurian legends [for Arthur see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Gakov, Vladimir

Originally the collective pseudonym of Russian authors Vladimir Gopman, Andrei Gavrilov and Mikhail Kovalchuk (VLADIMIR Gopman, Andrei GAvrilov, and Mikhail KOValchuk). For the purposes of this encyclopedia, for whose second edition he revised or wrote many of the entries on Russian sf, including Russia, this is the pseudonym of Kovalchuk writing solo. Russian critic and editor Mikhail (Andreevich) Kovalchuk (1951-    ) is a trained physicist who began publishing 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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