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McCullough, Kelly

(1967-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "WebMage" for Weird Tales in Fall 1999, a tale which was expanded into Webmage (2006), the first of the Equipoisal WebMage sequence which continues with Cybermancy (2007), CodeSpell (2008) and MythOS (2009). The sequence – set in a kind of ...

Bowkett, Stephen

(1953-    ) UK author, primarily of Young Adult novels, mostly sf, though his first, Spellbinder (1985) in which a young player of magic tricks learns that his Magic is real, is Fantasy; as is Gameplayers (1986). Dualists (1987), whose young protagonists discover a substance able to copy anything (see ...

Schneider, John G

(1909-1964) US author whose borderline-sf Satire, The Golden Kazoo (1956), which anatomizes the Madison Avenue nature of the (Near-Future) 1960 presidential election, which he saw as foolishly Computer-dominated. [JC]

Balint, Emery

(1892-1982) US painter and author of Hungarian origins; it is not known if he himself emigrated from Hungary, as his first novel, the phantasmagoric Alpha (trans Louis Rittenberg 1927), may have been translated from manuscript. His sf novel is Don't Inhale It! (1949), in which a nuclear test accidentally splits Earth in sparring planetoids; Satire is intended. [JC]

Cobb, Weldon J

(1849-1922) US businessman and author who specialized in dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF), working mainly in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, though he did collaborate later with Edward Stratemeyer for the Stratemeyer Syndicate on some non-fantastic tales, and the borderline The Boys of the Wireless (1912) as by Frank V Webster (see ...

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 ...

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