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Yanovsky, V S

(1906-1989) Russian physician and author, in France between 1927 and 1942, when he emigrated to the United States, whose nonfiction deals in popular terms with medical issues. He is of sf interest for No Man's Time (trans Isabelle Levitin and Roger Nyle Parris from Russian ms 1967), which W H Auden, in his introduction, describes through reference to J R R Tolkien's concept of the Secondary World. More precisely, ...

Nevinson, C R W

(1889-1946) UK author and painter who served as a war artist in World War One, and was active as an English exponent of Futurism both as painter, as his war work demonstrated, and as polemicist; Vital English Art (1914 chap) with Filippo Marinetti, a manifesto espousing (and attempting to corner) the Futurism movement in the UK, created an instant controversy, gaining the animosity of Wyndham ...

Herbert, James

(1943-2013) UK advertising art director and author, best known for bestselling tales of horror, several of which have an sf premise (see Horror in SF). His first and still best known novel, The Rats (1974), which begins the Rats sequence, is a Disaster novel in which London is overwhelmed by a vicious strain of giant Mutant rats. The chaos continues in ...

Levinson, Paul

(1947-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Best Seller" for Fresh Ink in 1991, a tale assembled with other early work as Bestseller: Wired, Analog, and Digital Writings (coll 1999). The Phil D'Amato sequence of sf detective thrillers comprises The Silk Code (1999), which won a Locus Award for First Novel, The Consciousness Plague (2002) and ...

Jackson, Edward Payson

(1839-1905) Turkish-born US educator and author, of missionary parents, in America from 1845; of sf interest is A Demigod: A Novel (1886), published anonymously, in which a Eugenics programme, begun in Greece in the seventeenth century, generates in the late nineteenth century a Superman who boasts extraordinary strength and agility, plus a massive intellect, out of which pours Inventions ...

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 ...

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