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Crowley, John

(1942-    ) US teacher and author who has also worked in documentary films and television since 1966. His sf novels have had a considerable impact on the field, and his fantasies have established him as a figure whose work markedly stretches the boundaries of genre literature. / His first novel, The Deep (1975), is set on a flat discworld resting on a pillar that extends beyond measurement into the circumambient galactic Deep, in which very few stars are visible. On this ...

Kaempfert, Wade

An editorial House Name pseudonym (pronounced Kemfer) used by the editors of Rocket Stories: Lester del Rey on the first two issues and Harry Harrison on the third. [PN]

Collins, Larry

Working name of US author John Lawrence Collins Jr (1929-2005), author of The Fifth Horseman (1980) with Dominique Lapierre, a Near Future thriller involving a nuclear threat from terrorists, and Maze (1989), another thriller, in this case involving psychics. [JC]

Cook, Kenneth

(1929-1987) Australian author of Play Little Victims (1978 chap), a Satire depicting a world inherited by rational mice after 2000, who attempt to control mouse Overpopulation by literally applying texts left by an extinct humanity, on the apprehension that all human activities – including War, famine, genocide and the automobile – were introduced in order to reduce human population. The tale hovers (see Equipoise) between sf and fantasy. [JC]


Long-established UK generalist science magazine (1869-current), a nonfiction Slick now published weekly by Nature Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Macmillan). H G Wells contributed some speculative essays around the beginning of the twentieth century. Under the editorship of Henry Gee, Nature introduced a weekly series of short-short (see Flash Fiction) sf stories as "Futures" from November 1999 to December 2000. Most of these one-pagers are by established sf authors: Arthur C Clarke launched ...

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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