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Hall, Steven

(1975-    ) UK author and Videogame writer who has scripted radio dramas for the Doctor Who franchise. His first novel, The Raw Shark Texts (2007), is a Fabulation whose central conceit is the notion of a sharklike conceptual predator that devours information and Memories. The protagonist Eric Sanderson awakens with near-total Amnesia to find a series of complex letters of instruction from his former self "The First Eric Sanderson", conveying semi-scientific, semi-magical ...

Cosmic Science Stories

UK Pulp magazine; one undated issue, circa June 1950, published by Popular Press, London; an abridged reprint of the September 1949 issue of Super Science Stories. The lead novelette was "Minions of Chaos" by John D MacDonald. This magazine was actually #11 in the "New All-Action Stories" series of pulp reprints covering several genres, mostly Western and crime/mystery fiction; Cosmic Science Stories was the only sf title represented. [FHP/JE] links / Galactic Central illustrated ...

C, H F

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK writer (?   -?   ) whose Near Future sf novel, Sir John Toughbo, M P; or, the Registered Life-Pass (1903 chap), argumentatively visualizes a 1919 world distorted by labour unrest. [JC]

Meik, Vivian

(1894-1955) Indian-born engineer and author, in active service during World War One, during which he was wounded at least once; in UK during his adult life until 1947, then in USA. The Geoffrey Aylett sequence beginning with Devils' Drums (coll of linked stories 1933) is primarily supernatural, with an occult tinge, though verging at point into Horror in SF. His only singleton, The Curse of Red Shiva (1936), is a Yellow Peril tale. Nemesis over Hitler (1941) is nonfiction. [JC]

Flint, Eric

(1947-    ) US author, who spent many years before beginning his career as a longshoreman and then machinist, as well as serving as a labour organizer and member of the Socialist Workers Party (whose origins date back to the prime years of the Wobblies in 1920s America); his first work of genre interest was "Entropy, and the Strangler" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume IX, anth 1993, ed Dave Wolverton), though he began publishing regularly only several ...

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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