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Meyers, Richard S

(1953-    ) US author who publishes also as Wade Barker. His sf novels are of relatively little interest, though the Doomstar sequence – Doom Star (1978; rev vt Doomstar 1985) and Doom Star Number Two (1979; rev vt Return to Doomstar 1985) – are moderately entertaining Space Operas. The Book of the Undead is horror [see Checklist]. Stan Lee Presents the Incredible Hulk in Cry of the Beast (1979) is a Tie to the Incredible Hulk universe. Of more interest are his ...

Speer, Jack

(1920-2008) US fan, attorney and author, an early member of Fandom who was active from the mid-1930s, publishing a letter in Wonder Stories for September 1934. In fandom he also used the hoax persona John A Bristol 1938-1939. He published the first significant history of the fan community as an instalment of his Fanzine Full Length Articles (1938-1960s), each of whose six issues was a chapbook devoted to a single topic and circulated through FAPA: #1 examined Mark Twain as an sf author and #2 ...

Rein, Harold

(1926-2011) US author of an extremely grim Post-Holocaust novel, Few Were Left (1955), whose suicidal protagonist is trapped with others Underground, in the New York subway system, after the bomb has dropped. He fails, after several adventures, to escape. A Television version for Armchair Theatre broadcast 30 November 1958 as "Underground", was set under London. [JC]


Term used to designate a Shared-World anthology or book-length tale whose individual parts, written by different hands, are edited – generally by the proprietor/editor of the shared world – so that their beginnings and ends weave (or braid) into one another, and the whole tells a unified story. When done properly, braids (also known as braided stories) can generate a chronicle-like sense in the reader – an effect attained also by successful Fixups, which can in this sense be ...

Robinson, Frederick

(?   -?   ) US author of The War of the Worlds: A Tale of the Year 2,000 AD (1914), a privately printed tale E F Bleiler describes as "ludicrously bad", but which has been cited several times for its thematic material: Utopian advances in Transportation and Technology; rampant Imperialism (see Race in SF); an Invasion from Mars; Politics; Yellow Peril; and New York threatened with destruction. [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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