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Dunn, Katherine

(1945-2016) US author, teacher and radio personality whose third novel, Geek Love (1989), is a densely told tale of a family which breeds its own circus freaks through a kind of Genetic Engineering; in the end the book reads, however, not primarily as sf (see Equipoise), but as an extremely expert Fabulation on the primordial theme of the family romance. Dunn's novel should not be confused with The Geek (1969) by Alice Louise Ramirez, which is narrated by a chicken. [JC]

Sinclair, David

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult Space Opera, The Gilead Bomb (1963), apparently intended to launch a series to be known as "Ace Astro and the Star Rovers"; Ace and the lads have adventures on the Moon. No further volumes appeared. [JC]

Russell, W Clark

(1844-1911) US-born sailor (1858-1866), journalist and author, UK-based from early childhood, most of whose prolific output (something like fifty-seven novels) dealt with sailors and the sea. Of sf interest are The Frozen Pirate (1887 2vols), in which a French pirate, frozen for years in cold climes, is resuscitated briefly from this Suspended Animation and tells the narrator where there is some buried treasure; and The Flying Dutchman (1887; vt The Death Ship, A Strange Story: An Account of a ...

Hamid, Mohsin

(1971-    ) Pakistani-born author, mainly in US and UK from early childhood, though more recently in Pakistan. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Of Windows and Doors" (14 November 2016 The New Yorker), an excerpt (released well before the book's publication) from his first novel of sf relevance, Exit West (2017), which is set in an unspecified City in an unspecified Near Future (see Mainstream Writers of SF), though the narrative is in fact intensely conveyed ...

Day, Donald B

(1909-1978) Pioneer sf indexer, resident in Oregon. His Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952; rev 1982), has become, along with its successors compiled by other hands (see Bibliographies), an essential tool for sf research. [PN]

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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