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Causett, William

Author (?   -?   ), perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Pirates in Space (1954 chap), #2 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Causett has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

SLA Industries

Role Playing Game (1993). Nightfall Games. Designed by Dave Allsop. / SLA Industries is a game of satirical ultraviolence, set in a world-spanning City in an alternate Dimension (see Parallel Worlds). This universe is dominated by the eponymous corporation and its ruler, Mr Slayer. Its society is an exaggerated reflection of 1980s Anglo-Saxon capitalism, split between the wealthy Uptowns and the hopeless Downtowns, stalked by cannibals and rogue Cyborgs. The population is tranquillized by ...

D'Ignazio, Fred

Working name of US children's author Silvio Frederick D'Ignazio (1949-    ), most of whose work is moderately distant from any sf or fantastic interest (except tales for younger children), with the exception of some titles in the Chip Mitchell Computer-whizz-kid sequence, Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Stolen Computer Brains (1982) and Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Robot Warriors (1984); Escape from Robotropolis (1988) is a Tied to a computer game. [JC]

Wright, Farnsworth

(1888-1940) US editor and occasional author, uncle of David Wright O'Brien; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Closing Hand" in Weird Tales – for March 1923, becoming editor of that magazine in November 1924 after #13, and continuing in the post until December 1939, at which point he had produced 177 issues. Under his guidance Weird Tales presented a unique mixture of horror stories, sf, occult fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery. More than anyone else, helped ...

Rann, Sue

(1964-    ) UK author, cited as also writing as by Mercy Falconer; Looking for Mr Nobody (2003) is Near Future thriller set in Amsterdam, with a protagonist suffering from Amnesia while being at the same time hunted through mean streets and the coils of Virtual Reality. [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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