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Eisenberg, Larry

Working name of US author Lawrence Eisenberg (1919-2018), for many years Co-Director of the Electronics Laboratory at Rockefeller University. He began publishing sf with "The Mynah Matter" for Fantastic Stories (see Fantastic) in August 1962 as Lawrence Eisenberg, and became known for his comic sequence of stories about Emmett Duckworth; many of these were assembled – some published for the first time – in his only collection, The Best Laid Schemes (coll 1971); a further eight ...

Stringer, Arthur

(1874-1950) Canadian poet and author, in the US from 1898; prolific in several genres from 1894, though he concentrated on the Canadian genre of survival tales set in the northern wilds. The Man Who Couldn't Sleep (coll 1919) and The Wolf Woman (1928) are fantasy. Of sf interest are a film tie, The Story without a Name (1924) with Russell Holman, in which a Death Ray appears, an Invention duly sought after by a sizeable passel of Villains; and The Woman Who Couldn't Die (1929), whose Viking ...

Davis, Carol

(?   -    ) US author of two Ties to the Quantum Leap television series: Quantum Leap #13: Obsessions (1997) and Quantum Leap #20: Mirror's Edge (2000) with Esther D Reese, which terminates the sequence. [JC]

Maynard, Richard

(1926-    ) UK-born author, resident in Australia, whose The Coconut Book (1985), about a man stranded on an Island, is of some interest. The Quiet Place (1988; vt The Return 1988) rather overcomplicatedly describes the long hegira of a group of astronauts who, due to time dilation (see Relativity), find a Ruined Earth landscape on their return, and that the surviving inhabitants have reverted to savagery after the Disaster – a youth drug, based on a contraceptive ...

Jessup, Paul

(1977-    ) US author primarily of short fiction, beginning with the Horror tale "When Max Was Hungry Again" in The Harrow for 2006, though this was preceded by a juvenile novel (begun when he was 14), Angelwings and Finerthings: A Dream (2001). His first professional sale was "PostFlesh" (2008 Apex Magazine), followed closely by the meatier "Ghost Technology from the Sun" (Autumn 2007 Postscripts). He continued to be closely associated with both magazines. / Jessup's ...

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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