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Frost, Thomas

(1821-1908) UK author of radical leanings – he was particularly active in the 1840s as a Chartist and as a writer who came close to espousing revolutionary actions – perhaps best known for his first volume of autobiography, Forty Years' Recollections, Literary and Political (1880). The North Pole, and Charlie Wilson's Adventures in Search of It (dated 1876 but 1875) as "By The Author of 'The Realm of the Ice King'" is a Fantastic Voyage tale whose young protagonist, maturing fast on ...

North, David

(?   -    ) US or Canadian author of whom nothing is known – whose Time Warriors sequence of Military SF adventures, beginning with Time Warriors #1: Fuse Point (1991), sends its protagonists, a Vietnam vet and his barbarian sidekick named Brom, via Time Travel into various conflicts and Parallel Worlds, where they act, with considerable brutality, as Time Police. [JC]

Rogers, Alva

(1923-1982) US author and artist, nicknamed "Red" for the colour of his hair and politics. Long involved in sf Fandom, he drew the covers for a number of 1940s Fanzines as well as some for the (UK) American Fiction series. In the 1960s he published the fanzine Bixel (4 issues September 1962-October 1968) and the one-off Bixeltype (December 1963), the latter comprising an essay ("FTL and ASI") written in rebuttal to Francis T Laney's polemic Ah! Sweet Idiocy! The Fan Memoirs of Francis T. Laney ...

Saunders, George

(1958-    ) US engineer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz" in The New Yorker (see Slick) for 5 October 1992, the first of twenty stories he has published in that journal. No traces of his earlier interest in Objectivism (see Ayn Rand) are easily found in his fiction, whose Satirical take on late capitalist consumerism shows the influence of Kurt Vonnegut, particularly in the hilarities that, in both authors, make antic ...

Berry, John D

(1950-    ) American fan, author, typographer and graphic designer, longtime partner of author Eileen Gunn; he primarily works as an editor, book designer, design writer, and type consultant for software companies, including in the past Microsoft. Almost all of Berry's sf-related writings have appeared in Fanzines, although he published one short story in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's anthology Tales by Moonlight (anth 1983), as well as a number of columns reviewing Fanzines ...

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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