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Westheim, Michael

(1958-    ) US teacher and author whose Young Adult tale The Callisto Group (1995) carries its young protagonists through the Solar System on various adventures. [JC]

Hanstein, Otfrid von

(1869-1959) German actor and author, prolific in various genres; of his sf novels, several were published in America in the 1930s, not in book form but translated under the aegis of Hugo Gernsback for Wonder Stories and Wonder Stories Quarterly. The translated stories are: Die Farm des Verschollenen: Phantatischer Roman (1924; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Hidden Colony" January-March 1935 Wonder Stories), in which an automated Utopian City, made possible through the Inventions of a German ...

Would that It Were

US professional Online Magazine published by Small Potatoes Press, and produced and edited by Don Muchow, Dallas, Texas. 18 quarterly issues, April/June 2000 to October/December 2004, missing only July/September 2004. It paid between 3¢ and 5¢ a word, but it was not until 2010 that Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recognized its status as a professional market. It was a magazine of historical science fiction, closely allied to Steampunk because its requirements were for ...

Thompson, Colin

(1942-    ) UK illustrator and author, in Australia from 1995; of his very numerous books, many of them for younger children, he is of sf interest for the Young Adult Future Eden sequence beginning with Future Eden: A Brief History of Next Time (1999), which is set in a severely depopulated Ruined Earth world about 200 years hence. The solitary young protagonist, who lives a hardscrabble existence in an almost entirely abandoned City, meets a chicken named Ethel who turns ...

Winstanley, Gerrard

(1609-1676) UK textile merchant, grazier, political activist and author, active in the latter capacity from 1648 as a religious controversialist, a puritan (vulgarly) whose views on the events of the English Civil War were radically apocalyptic, and whose arguments about the tyranny of private property, expressed through his founding support of the Diggers (who transgressively attempted to farm on common land), remain sagaciously alarming today. His Utopia, The Law of Freedom in a Platform: Or ...

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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