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Cameron, Lou

(1924-2010) US illustrator and author, active in Comic books in the 1950s; he was a highly prolific author of Westerns, under his own name and under various pseudonyms. He began to publish short fiction of genre interest with "The Last G. I." in Real War for October 1958; his sf, which was unremarkable, included two Swinging Spy tales – The Spy with the Blue Kazoo (1967) and The Spy Who Came in from the Copa (1967) as by Dagmar (the actress Dagmar [1921-2001] was a personal friend); and ...

Knowles, W P

(1891-1978) UK advocate of the Knowles method of breath training and author whose Jim McWhirter (1933), the last portion of which is set in 1953, advances towards a not unusual socialist Utopia where Sex is a form of hygiene, via a sequence of very violent Disasters, including an emission of Poison gases from within the crust of the Earth (see Hollow Earth). [JC]

Corday, Michel

Pseudonym of French soldier and author Louis-Léonard Pollet (1870-1937), best known for his writings about World War One, his contemporary diaries expressing a scathingly pacifist view of the conflict. Of sf interest are two late novels, La Flamme éternelle (1931) and its sequel Ciel Rose (1933), assembled together as The Eternal Flame (omni trans Brian Stableford 2013), in which the Invention of a new Power Source is scrutinized with unusual sophistication in terms of its ...

Johnson, Toby

Working name of US author Edwin Clark Johnson (1945-    ), whose Plague: A Novel About Healing (1987) is a Near Future medical thriller, and whose Secret Matter (1990; rev 2005) is a First Contact novel set in San Francisco after a devastating earthquake, the encounter leading to a clement gay Utopia. [JC]

Gutteridge, Lindsay

(1923-2007) UK author, commercial artist and art teacher. His sf series featuring Matthew Dilke – Cold War in a Country Garden (1971), Killer Pine (1973) and Fratricide Is a Gas (1975) – calls upon themes from espionage to Ecology to buttress far-fetched tales of a government agent Miniaturized with some companions (see Great and Small) to test the chances of counteracting Overpopulation by resettling the world – the last volume is set in the jungles of Peru – with a ...

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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