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Peirce, Hayford

(1942-2020) US author, in Tahiti for the most active decades of his career, who also wrote crime thrillers; he began publishing sf with "Unlimited Warfare" for Analog in November 1974 and established a name for lightly written tales whose backgrounds were unusually well conceived. "Mail Supremacy" (March 1975 Analog) begins a series of tales – much later assembled as Chap Foey Rider: Capitalist to the Stars (coll 2001) ...

Night Stalker

US tv series (2005). Touchstone Television/Big Light Productions for ABC tv. Created by Frank Spotnitz; produced by Lori-Etta Taub, Gary LaPoten. Cast includes Eric Jungmann, Stuart Townsen and Gabrielle Union. Directors included Rob Bowman, Dave Sarafian, Tony Wharmby. Writers included Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, William Schmidt. Ten 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This short-lived series was both a remake of and a sequel to the original series ...

Wells, Barry

Pseudonym of UK author Horace Arthur Richards (1911-1971), author of one sf Tie of interest, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), novelizing the Disaster film The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) [which see]. This novel resolves the film's cliffhanger ending (will the news headline be "World Saved" or "World Doomed"?) on its final page, when the rains do come and ...

Wake, David

(1962-    ) UK playwright, author and editor. While at university in the early 1980s he, along with fellow-student Rob Meades, defined and named the Drabble – a 100-word Flash Fiction story format. One hundred drabbles, many donated by sf authors including Isaac Asimov and Terry Pratchett, were collected as The Drabble Project (anth 1988) edited as ...

O'Neill, Louise

(1985-    ) Irish journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Young Adult Dystopia Only Ever Yours (2014), posits a world where women are raised as breeders, selected for their physical beauty and decorousness when addressed by males, as concubines, or "chastities" (which is to say teachers of young females) (see Feminism; ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...



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