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Mafi, Tahereh

(1988-    ) US author whose Shatter Me sequence of Young Adult Near Future Dystopian tales, beginning with Shatter Me (2011), combines coming-of-age romance with a not unfamiliar depiction of an America gone savagely wrong. The young protagonist, cursed/blessed with a Psi Power through which she is capable of painfully draining the psychic energy of others at a touch, escapes the coercive asylum she's been trapped in (see Prisons), but at a cost of becoming a government ...

Goodman, Edward J

(1836-1921) UK journalist, newspaper editor and author known as a writer of fiction only for Too Curious (1888), about a man capable of seeing the future (see Prediction). [JC]

Full Spectrum

US Original-Anthology series published by Bantam Books since 1988, created by Lou Aronica, five issues: Full Spectrum (anth 1988), edited by Aronica with Shawna McCarthy; Full Spectrum 2 (anth 1989), edited by Aronica with Pat Lobrutto, McCarthy and Amy Stout, Full Spectrum 3 (anth 1991) and Full Spectrum 4 (anth 1993), both edited by Aronica with Betsy Mitchell and Stout; and Full Spectrum 5 (anth 1995) edited by Tom Dupree, Jennifer Hershey and Janna Silverstein. At least until their demotion ...

Caspian, Jonatha Ariadne

(1960-    ) US author of a game Tie, Torg: The Possibility Wars #3: The Nightmare Dream (1991), based on Torg (1990). Fittingly, it is unambitious. [JC]

King, William

(1959-    ) UK author, primarily of Ties connected to the Warhammer/Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with "Green Troops" for Dream Science Fiction in 1988; he is best known for the Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix sequence, where as usual sf tropes vie with fantasy tropes in a variety of worlds rife with Monsters and in a state of constant War. Gotrek & Felix are a pair of heroes, and King takes good advantage of the creative opportunities given him. [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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