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Woolf, A L

(?   -    ) UK author who wrote the novel Southern Exploration (1953) as by Adam Dale, a House Name of Curtis Warren, for which publisher Woolf also wrote non-sf under his own name. [SH/DRL]

Butler, Octavia E

(1947-2006) US author who began publishing sf with "Crossover" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, but who made no real impact on the sf field until the appearance of the Patternist sequence, all released in the publisher's Doubleday Science Fiction series: Patternmaster (1976), Mind of My Mind (1977), Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980) and ...

Henderson, Zenna

(1917-1983) US author and schoolteacher who frequently used her teaching experience in Arizona and elsewhere as a base for her stories; perhaps significantly, given her treatment of Aliens as emblems of our better selves, during World War Two she taught interned Japanese-Americans in a relocation camp. Her first story was "Come on, Wagon!" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – the magazine with which she is mostly ...

Castillo Vicci, Alberto

(1938-    ) Venezuelan author and retired professor emeritus who has published twelve books about artificial intelligence (see AI) and the fundamentals of science. His Cuentos esotéricos ["Esoteric Tales"] (coll 2008) won the Premio de Narrativa "La Tuna de Oro" presented by Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello in 2008. In this collection, he extends some logical, scientific, philosophical ...

Meredith, Richard C

(1937-1979) US author who began publishing sf with "The Slugs" for Knight magazine in November 1962. His first novel, The Sky Is Filled with Ships (1969), is an effective Space Opera in which colonies revolt against a tyrannical corporation. We All Died at Breakaway Station (January-March 1969 Amazing; 1969) is a bleak, well-crafted space opera in a kind of Alamo setting, where a scarred ...

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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