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Hurley, Graham

(1946-    ) UK television scriptwriter and producer and author whose first novel, Rules of Engagement (1990; rev 1991), is based on his own 1989 Near Future Television drama, Rules of Engagement (1989 6 episodes), set in the sealed-off English city of Portsmouth just on the eve of World War Three. His later books, mainly the Joe Faraday sequence of crime thrillers, also centre on Portsmouth; all of them are highly competent. [JC]

Knight, Damon

(1922-2002) US author and editor; his third marriage was to Kate Wilhelm. Like many sf writers, Knight became involved in sf Fandom at an early age, and by 1941 was a member of the Futurians in New York, where he shared an apartment with Robert A W Lowndes and met James Blish, C M Kornbluth, Frederik Pohl and others. (In The Futurians: The Story of the Science Fiction "Family" of the 30's that Produced Today's Top SF Writers and Editors [1977] he published a candid history of the group and its ...

Bower, B M

Pseudonym of US author Bertha Muzzy Bower Sinclair (1871-1940), who specialized in Westerns like Chip of the Flying U (1906); her one novel of sf interest, The Adam Chasers (1927), places an archaeologist – an "Adam chaser" – in Nevada, where hieroglyphics are found, along with the remains of eight-foot-tall men, all suggesting that Homo sapiens originated in the American West (see Evolution; Prehistoric SF). [JC]

Hoffman, Lee

Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote ...

Farrer, Matthew

(1970-    ) Australian author who also signs as Matt Farrer, most of whose work to date has consisted of contributions to the Warhammer 40,000 Role Playing Game universe, beginning with "Badlands Skelter's Downhive Monster Show" for Inferno! in 1999, and continuing with Warhammer 40,000: Crossfire (2003), which features the continuing character Shira Calpurnia of the Adeptus Arbites, and other similar titles involving the high-ranking Calpurnia's role in a long war against ...

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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