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Hoover, H M

(1935-2018) US author, all of whose novels of sf interest have been written for the Young Adult market or as Children's SF for younger readers. The first of these were Children of Morrow (1973) and its sequel, Treasures of Morrow (1976), a Ruined Earth sequence which, in describing a reactionary state and its pro-Technology successor, plumps cautiously for the latter; the books demonstrate a smoothly searching style and a grasp of character. Hoover soon showed her competence with a wide range ...

Preiss, Byron

(1953-2005) US book packager, anthologist and co-author of two sf/fantasy novels – Guts (1979) with C J Henderson and Dragonworld (1979) with J Michael Reaves – and The Bat Family (1984 chap; vt The Vampire State Building 1992), a juvenile. Though he has also edited and co-edited numerous Anthologies, Preiss is best known as the most successful of the independent sf book packagers (i.e., creative middlemen who conceive projects, pitch them to publishers, commission writers, artists ...

Cannan, Gilbert

(1884-1955) UK translator, poet and author whose career was truncated by insanity. His first novel, Peter Homunculus (1909), is a hyperventilated tale of sexual and cultural entrapment, not fantastic. Of his subsequent wide-spread output before he was institutionalized in 1924, Windmills: A Book of Fables (coll of linked stories 1915) is of sf interest, its four long tales all dealing with the inconsistently allegorical Fatland: in two of them, a floating Island halts a foolish war between ...

Beukes, Lauren

(1976-    ) South African author, mostly of Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who began to publish work of genre interest with "Branded" in SL Magazine for 2004. Her first two novels – Moxyland (2008) and Zoo City (2010), which won the Arthur C Clarke Award – suggest en passant sf readings to underpin her narratives; these edgily Equipoisal sf elements have more or less singlehandedly brought Johannesburg into the modern world, as ...

Johnson, Henry T

(1858-1931) UK editor and author, extremely prolific from an early age, producing boys' stories (see Boys' Papers; Children's SF) for many markets; The Ape Man (circa 1930) is an Apes as Human adventure for the Young Adult market. [JC]

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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