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Van Vorst, Bessie McGinnis

(1873-1928) US social reformer and author, mostly in France from around 1900, who usually wrote as Mrs John Van Vorst, but also as by Esther Kelly; her early nonfiction was mostly written in collaboration with her sister-in-law Marie Louise Van Vorst (1867-1936). She is of some sf interest for Magda Queen of Sheba: From the Ancient Royal Abyssinian Manuscript [for full title see Checklist below] (1907) as Mrs John Van Vorst, a Lost Race tale set in Africa, and featuring King Solomon as well. ...

Kidd, Kathryn H

(1950-2015) US author of some non-fantastic comic novels set in the Mormon community and, with her husband Clark L Kidd, various nonfiction books of practical advice from a Mormon viewpoint. She collaborated with her friend Orson Scott Card on the first volume of Lovelock (1994) in the incomplete Mayflower sequence, concerning the dilemma of a monkey sufficiently educated to conceive of himself as a slave (see Apes as Human; Slavery). A second volume, «Rasputin», was projected but ...

Fabi, Mark

(1955-    ) US author of Wyrm (1998), a Near Future tale in which, as the Millennium approaches, apprehension grows about a worldwide Computer virus (or worm/wyrm) which may gird the planet dragon-like once unleashed; the protagonist scours Virtual Reality worlds, playing Games there, in search of the potential AI. Red Mercury (2003), is a Technothriller whose contents run just shy of the fantastic. [JC]

Manchess, Gregory

(1955-    ) US painter, illustrator and author, active from the late 1970s. His work, which has appeared widely, is conspicuously painterly; though he is entirely capable of creating dynamic "action" Superheroes flexing their musculature in the usual fashion, his landscape-dominated vistas, with their traditional (if heightened) use of perspective, are perhaps more reminiscent of the work of a similarly painterly illustrator like N C Wyeth (1882-1945) than contemporary ...

Wetherell, June

(1909-2010) US journalist and author, mostly of historical romances with Gothic colouring, active from around 1941. Of her thirty-one novels, one is of sf interest, the Young Adult Blueprint for Yesterday (1971), set partly in a high-Technology Near Future Dystopia, and partly in a rural retreat, where, along with the young lad she falls in love with, the young protagonist finds secret rebels who may redeem the world on traditional lines. [JC]

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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