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Wehrstein, Karen

(1961-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "O.R.3" in Shivers: Canadian Tales of the Supernatural (anth 1990) edited by Greg Ioannou and Lynne Missen. She has contributed three titles to Fifth Millenium, a Shared World fantasy sequence devised and controlled by S M Stirling (for titles see Checklist). [JC]

Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Peterkiewicz, Jerzy

(1916-2007) Polish author active as a poet in his native land from 1934 until he was forced to escape in 1940, spending World War Two in the UK, where he settled, wrote in English, and was married to Christine Brooke-Rose 1948-1975. His first novel in English, The Knotted Cord (1953), a tale dense with folklore, was published as by Jerzy Pietrkiewicz, the original spelling of his surname. The Quick and the Dead (1961) is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Clarke, Frances H

(?   -?   ) US author of a Utopia, The Co-opolitan: A Story of the Co-operative Commonwealth of Idaho (1898) as by Zebina Forbush, in which a communitarian settlement, where women are effectively equal with men, is established by 1917. There is apparently no connection between her and Francis H Clarke. [JC]

Tanner, Charles R

(1896-1974) US clerk, salesman and author best known for his series featuring Tumithak, which began with "Tumithak of the Corridors" (January 1932 Amazing). Set in the fifty-third century, two millennia after Earth has been invaded by the shelks from Venus and mankind has been driven underground into a maze of deep tunnels. In that period humans have forgotten most of their previous advanced science. Tumithak, a young man, determines to venture to the surface and kill a shelk, and en route ...

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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