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Holcombe, Wm H

(1825-1893) US medical doctor and author, most of whose works are nonfiction expositions of homeopathy and the philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg. His sf novel, A Mystery of New Orleans: Solved by New Methods (1890), perhaps influenced by his primary interests, describes the successful efforts of the mesmerist Dr Hypolite Meissonier to exercise long-distance Hypnotic control over his subjects. [JC]

Casewit, Curtis W

(1922-2002) German-born author, in US from 1948; linguistically fluent, he did military service with the French Army in World War Two, later serving as an interpreter for the British Army. Almost all of his work was nonfiction, much of it about skiing; he began publishing work of genre interest with an sf story, "The Mask", for Weird Tales in March 1952. His sf novel, The Peacemakers (1960), depicts conflicting societies in a virtually depopulated post-World War Three America; the dictator of ...

Legendary Stardust Cowboy, The

US singer-songwriter, born Norman Carl Odam (1947-    ). Known to fans as "the Ledge", the Legendary Stardust Cowboy divides listeners into those who find his idiosyncratic and sporadic recordings to be nothing more than novelty records, and those who think very highly of his left-field, peculiar and space-travel-obsessed imagination. In the latter category is David Bowie, who has covered Legendary Stardust Cowboy songs on his own recordings. Tracks such as "I Took a Trip ...

Jakobson, Lars

(1959-    ) Swedish librarian and author. An sf enthusiast since childhood, Lars Jakobson wrote his examination thesis at the Swedish Librarian college on sf published in Sweden 1953-1976. His work is founded on a wide reading and deep affection for classical sf, but at the same time also in his fascination with modernist literary techniques (see Modernism in SF) and in transhumanist philosophy. His first novel, Vinterkvarter ["Winter Quarters"] (1985) is mainstream realism, ...

Snell, Edmund

(1889-1972) UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Yu-Chi Stone (1925) is a Lost Race adventure set in Borneo; The White Owl (1930), on the other hand, involves an ancient Toltec curse which is activated from an ancient temple and causes its victims to commit terrible crimes. Snell's sf normally focuses on Mad Scientists and their Inventions: in Blue Murder (1927) a flame-like Ray which disintegrates its victims; in The ...

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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