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Mitchell, Karen Anne

Pseudonym of US author Harold Torger Vedeler (1962-    ), of sf interest for two novels in the Vandhaqa sequence: The Usahar (2004) evokes Feminist speculations about Women in SF in its portrayal of the world Vandhaqa, where women are slaves under the thumb of a Robot entity, who is awakened to their plight; and in Finding Words (2009), the freed protagonist of the previous novel returns to the scene of her degradation to discover her soul. Vedeler has written at least two ...

Lee, Gentry

(1942-    ) US author who held several important posts in NASA's deep-space exploration programme and was a screenwriter for Carl Sagan's Cosmos television series. His sf has been written exclusively in collaboration with Arthur C Clarke (whom see for details); at least initially, the senior partner provided outlines based on ideas generated by both writers, and then the books themselves were written by Lee. Cradle (1988), the first and weakest, is a First Contact drama set ...

Spacesuit Films

Spacesuit films, as defined by the critic who has promoted the term, Gary Westfahl, are those space films that endeavour to plausibly portray the harsh conditions and novel features of life in outer space and on other planets – such as the absence of air, zero or low Gravity, and dangerous radiation – as most prominently indicated by the fact that their characters constantly wear, or are in close proximity to, protective spacesuits. Space films which ignore or marginalize spacesuits ...

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn

(1942-    ) US composer and author, more active in and better known for her occult and mystery tales than for her early sf, which is mostly restricted to work from the 1970s; she has also written as Quinn Fawcett (with Bill Fawcett), Camille Gabor, Trystam Kith and Vanessa Pryor. After around 1980 she became (and has remained) identified with the Saint-Germain sequence of fantasies about a sympathetic immortal Vampire of aristocratic birth. Set in Europe and elsewhere over a ...

Street, A G

(1892-1966) UK farmer, broadcaster, journalist and author, best known for his essays and broadcasts on agricultural topics. He is of sf interest for one novel, Already Walks Tomorrow (1938), a Near Future Ecological tale reflecting his comprehensive knowledge and concern for the land; soil-exhaustion causes a worldwide environmental Disaster and generates an ensuing Dystopia. [JC]

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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