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Kelley, Francis Clement

(1870-1948) Canadian-born priest and author, in the USA after about 1890; his sf novel, Problem Island (1937), is set on a tropical Island where a Lost Race is found, and perhaps saved; in Pack Rat: A Metaphoric Phantasy (1942), pale rats Parody humans, but lack souls. [JC]

Jensen, Kris

(1953-2014) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel FreeMaster (1990). This opens the Ardel trilogy – whose further volumes are Mentor (1991) and Healer (1993) – in which an unscrupulous interstellar corporation is baulked from exploiting a mineral-rich planet inhabited by Aliens with Psi Powers. Of greatest interest are the detailed descriptions of the strange Biology of the Ardellans, which help give the sequence its pleasing Planetary-Romance flavour. [JC]

Greenberger, Robert

(1958-    ) US editor and author of a number of Star Trek Ties. Most of his work fits into the Star Trek: The Next Generation sub-universe, beginning with Star Trek, The Next Generation: Doomsday World (1990) with Carmen Carter, Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman; Star Trek, The Next Generation: A Time to Love (2004) was as Bob Greenberger. The Disinherited (1992) with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman is tied to the original Star Trek sequence. In the Star Trek: Deep ...

Strange Stories

US Pulp magazine, thirteen bimonthly issues February 1939 to February 1941, published by Better Publications Inc; edited by Mort Weisinger, though uncredited. A companion magazine to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, Strange Stories was devoted to supernatural and weird fiction, in not very successful competition with Weird Tales. Most of its covers were by Earle K Bergey or Rudolph Belarski. Its contributors included August Derleth, Henry Kuttner and Manly Wade Wellman, under ...

Keith, William H, Jr

(1950-    ) US author who has specialized in Military SF sequences, often Tied to Games or other proprietary worlds; it is presumed that those written for enterprises like the Wargame Battletech are Sharecrops. He is efficient and prolific, but relatively few individual characteristics manifest themselves. Though his very frequent use of pseudonyms – some of them with his brother, Andrew Keith, some of them not necessarily revealed, as well as his work as a ghostwriter ...

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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