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Horton, Gordon T

(1924-1989) UK author known only for a routine contribution to the Robert Hale Limited list, X-Isle (1980). [JC]

Brick Bradford

US Comic strip created by author William Ritt and artist Clarence Gray for King Features Syndicate. Brick Bradford appeared in 1933 as a Sunday page and daily strip, with the Sunday strip the more fantastic and futuristic. Gray's clean, economical style, together with Ritt's imaginative, purple prose, made Brick Bradford more than just an imitation of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, which probably inspired it. Ritt was fired in 1948 for failing to keep deadlines, and died in 1971; Gray ...

Moriarty, Chris

(1968-    ) US author whose Spin sequence of high-tech Space Operas – comprising Spin State (2003), Spin Control (2006), which won the Philip K Dick Award in 2007, and Ghost Spin (2013) – expertly embeds genuinely hard Hard SF concepts in a narrative dominated by a fast-mouthed female protagonist named Li with Cyberpunk-derived street-cred. The underlying premise – "quantum entanglements", possible at just a little above absolute zero, can motor AIs of ...

Miller, William Amos

(circa 1875-?   ) UK-born author, in USA from childhood, who briefly describes his experience of being both blind and deaf in the preface to his Utopia, The Sovereign Guide: A Tale of Eden (1898), whose San Francisco-based protagonist, on a visit to Rome, is taken by an angel to a magnet-powered submarine which conducts him downwards into the Hollow Earth. Here he discovers a land called Eden boasting high Technology, vegetarianism, placid class distinctions, and several pacific ...

Bell, Matt

(1980-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Mario's Three Lives" in Barrelhouse for 2007; several of his early tales, some gonzo and some coldly lucid, have been assembled as How the Broken Lead the Blind (coll 2009 chap) and How They Were Found (coll 2010). Wolf Parts (coll of linked stories 2010) comprises a set of forty twice-told fragments circumambulating the Little Red Riding Hood topos [for Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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