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Rene Lafayette
- see L. Ron Hubbard

Jack Lait
- see Howard Browne

Simon Lake
- see Charles L. Grant

Duncan Lamont
- see E. C. Tubb

Arthur Lane
- see F. Orlin Tremaine

John Lane
- see Dennis T. Hughes

King Lang
- see E. C. Tubb
- see David A. Griffiths

Darrel T. Langart
- see Randall Garrett

John Lange
- see Michael Crichton

John Frederick Lange
- see John Norman

Neil Langholm
- see Kenneth Bulmer
- see Laurence James

Mike Lantry
- see E. C. Tubb

Victor La Salle
- see Robert L. Fanthorpe
- see John S. Glasby

Walt Lasly
- see Frederik Pohl

Francis Lathrop
- see Fritz Leiber

Chrisophe des Laurieres
- see Clarke Ashton Smith

Donald Laverty
- see James Blish
- see Damon Knight

Paul Dennis Lavond
- see C. M. Kornbluth
- see Frederik Pohl
- see Robert W. Lowndes

P. Lawrence
- see E. C. Tubb

Chet Lawson
- see E. C. Tubb

James Lawson
- see Alan Dean Foster

Peter Laynham
- see John S. Glasby

Anthony Lebaron
- see Keith Laumer

Charles Lee
- see Rog Phillips

Howard Lee
- see Barry Malzberg
- see Ron Goulart

Julianne Lee
- see J. Ardian Lee

Matt Lee
- see Sam Merwin

Robert Lee
- see Paul W. Fairman

Rosie Lee
- see Joan Aiken

Willie Lee
- see William Burroughs

Valery Leith
- see Tricia Sullivan

Alysse Lemery
- see Alis A. Rasmussen

Harry E. Lemke
- see Richard Tooker

H. K. Lennard
- see John S. Glasby

John Lennox
- see Alfred Bester

Rand LePage
- see David Wright O'Brian
- see John S. Glasby

Derfla Leppoc
- see Alfred Coppel

Raymond LeRoyd
- see T. W. Wade

Oben Lerthet
- see Robert L. Fanthorpe

O. H. Leslie
- see Henry Slesar

Derwin Lesser
- see Charles D. Hornig

Irwin Lester
- see Fletcher Pratt

Clifford Lewis
- see John Russel Fearn

D. B. Lewis
- see Jerome Bixby

Deborah Lewis
- see Charles L. Grant

Robert Ley
- see Arthur Sellings

C. H. Liddell
- see Henry Kuttner

Pamela Lifton-Zoline
- see Pamela Zoline

Paul Linebarger
- see Cordweiner Smith

Robert Lionell
- see Robert L. Fanthorpe

B. E. Liston
E. J. Liston
- see Berkeley Livingston

Humphrey Littlewit
- see H. P. Lovecraft

Herb Livingston
- see H. B. Hickey

Herbert Lloyd
- see John Russel Fearn

Leonard Lockhard
- see Theodore L. Thomas

Jake Logan
- see Robert W. Krepps

William Logan
- see Laurence M. Janifer

Paul Lohrman
- see Richard S. Shaver
- see Paul W. Fairman

Salvatore Lombino
- see Ed McBain

Lyda Belknap Long
- see Frank Belknap Long

Wesley Long
- see George O. Smith

George Longdon
- Francis G. Rayer

Martin Loran
- see John Baxter

Jeffrey Lord
- see Roland Green
- see Ray Nelson

Alden Lorraine
- see Forrest Ackerman

Paul Lorraine
- see John Russel Fearn
- see John S. Glasby

C. B. Lovehill
- see Charles Beaumont

John Loxsmith
- see John Brunner

Thomas Luke
- see Graham Masterton

Adam Lukens
- see Diane Detzer

Kris Luna
- see David Wright O'Brian

Ray Luther
- see Arthur Sellings

Frances Lynch
- see D. G. Compton

Jane D. Lynch
- see Jane Gaskell

Erin Lynn
- see Erin McCarthy

Delphine C. Lyons
- see Evelyn E. Smith

Lyman R. Lyon
- see L. Sprague De Camp

Marcus Lyons
- see James Blish


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