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Sladek, John T

(1937-2000) US author who spent two decades in the UK from 1966, becoming involved in the UK New-Wave movement centred on Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, and co-editing with Pamela Zoline Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (two issues 1968), where work by both editors, J G Ballard, Thomas M ...

Lyons, Steve

(?   -    ) UK author, almost exclusively of Ties to various enterprises, primarily the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: New Adventures: Conundrum (1994) and Doctor Who: New Adventures: Head Games (1995), each part of a complicated Alternate History subset of tales known (perhaps unsurprisingly) as the ...

Scott, Alan

(1947-    ) UK author whose sf novel, Project Dracula (1971; vt The Anthrax Mutation 1976), features an explosion in a Near Future UK research facility in a Space Station, which indirectly releases 1500 experimental bats infected with anthrax. A Pandemic is threatened (see Disaster). [JC/DRL]

Purdom, Tom

(1936-2024) US music critic and author, involved in Philadelphia Fandom for much of his life, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Grieve for a Man" in Fantastic Universe for August 1957 as Thomas E Purdom. His sf novels, beginning with I Want the Stars (1964 dos), were unpretentious but competent adventures, generally set on challenging Alien worlds. ...

Mark, Jan

(1943-2006) UK author, most significantly for Young Adult audiences; her several tales for younger readers, some of them acutely conceived picture books, are also of interest. Though much of her older fiction is set in the here-and-now, her sf stories – which are more complex, dark-hued and longer than her non-fantastic work, – are almost certainly her best work, and are very nearly indistinguishable, except for the age of their protagonists, from ...

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 ...



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