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Blaylock, James P

(1950-    ) US author, born and based in California, whose first published sf was "Red Planet" for Unearth #3 in Summer 1977, and whose "The Ape-Box Affair" (April 1978 Unearth) (see Apes as Human) may be the first consciously Steampunk tale; his first books were two fantasies in his Elfin series, The Elfin Ship (1982; original version as The Man in the Moon coll 2002) and The Disappearing Dwarf (1983). The series, which includes the later and more assured The Stone Giant ...

Vinicoff, Eric

(1951-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "To Live in Alloy Continuity" in Analog for November 1975 with Marcia Martin, writing several short stories with her as well as Spacing Dutchman (1978 chap), a novelette, and the full-length The Weigher (1992), set on a planet whose discovery by humans (see First Contact) is seen from the viewpoint of the hugely ferocious natives, whose exceedingly precarious culture could plausibly have been ...

Harris, W S

(1865-1956) US minister and author, whose Sermons by the Devil (coll 1904) contain elements of Christian fantasy, and whose Life in a Thousand Worlds (1905) is a mildly fictionalized Fantastic Voyage through our solar system and beyond; the protagonist examines a large number of societies (some Utopian, some Dystopian) on a variety of planets (see Archipelago), the civilization of Mars being excoriated in particular for having established a cruel class system. The journey then extends into ...

Muller, Julius W

(1867-1930) US author, probably born George Washington Muller. His lightly fictionalized Future War text, The Invasion of America: A Fact Story Based on the Inexorable Mathematics of War (1916), describes a successful Near Future Invasion of America by a European coalition dominated by Germany. [JC]

Cannan, Gilbert

(1884-1955) UK translator, poet and author whose career was truncated by insanity. His first novel, Peter Homunculus (1909), is a hyperventilated tale of sexual and cultural entrapment, not fantastic. Of his subsequent wide-spread output before he was institutionalized in 1924, Windmills: A Book of Fables (coll of linked stories 1915) is of sf interest, its four long tales all dealing with the inconsistently allegorical Fatland: in two of them, a floating Island halts a foolish war between ...

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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