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Charkin, Paul

(1907-1986) UK author, variously employed for many years before writing his three routine sf Space Operas, the first two for Badger Books: Light of Mars (1959), The Other Side of Night (1960) and The Living Gem (1963). [JC]

Sanders, Leonard

Working name of US author Leonard M Sanders Jr (1929-2005) US author who also published as by Dan Thomas, under which name he wrote The Seed (1968), an sf novel in which a Computer explains the meaning of life to one of its engineers. The later Hamlet Group sequence of very Near Future thrillers, comprising The Hamlet Warning (1976) and The Hamlet Ultimatum (1979), following America's attempts to prevent terrorists known as The Hamlet Group from detonating an atomic device in Santo Domingo ...

Carrasco, Jesús

Working name of Spanish author Jesús Carrasco Jaramillo (1972-    ) in whose first novel, Intemperie (2013; trans Margaret Jull Costa as Out in the Open 2015), a young man engages in a trek across a savagely overheated desert landscape reminiscent of central Spain though hotter (see Climate Change), encountering savants and supernaturally intense Villains in his search for some Zone of safety. Resemblances to the Westerns of Cormac McCarthy, and to his more recent ...

Mitsuse Ryū

Pseudonym of Kimio Iizuka (1928-1999) a Japanese author and founding member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ), much respected as a prose author and sometime poet in his lifetime, but now more likely to be remembered for popular Manga editions of his work, many of which feature human characters overwhelmed by the machinations of vastly superior intellects and technologies. With an interest in sf inspired by reading the works of Jūza Unno, he graduated in Zoology ...

Winner, J B B

Group pseudonym of Jeff Winner (?   -    ), Brittany Winner (?   -    ) and Brianna Winner (?   -    ), Brittany and Brianna being identical twins, whose father Jeff may have been the primary author of the Strand sequence beginning with The Strand Prophecy (2006), a Young Adult series in which a Superhero is genetically primed to warn Homo sapiens about the threat of dangerously speeded-up ...

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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