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Collins, Colin

Pseudonym of UK author Oliver Merland (?   -?   ), author of a number of anonymous contributions to the Sexton Blake Library after World War One, and of work from the first decade of the twentieth century under other names, including Singleton Pound, some others almost certainly unidentified. As Colin Collins, he published three identified sf novels in book form: The Human Mole (1909), an adventure tale chock-full of Inventions, mainly the eponymous subterranean ...

Osborne, Duffield

(1858-1917) US lawyer and author of The Spell of Ashtaroth (1888), a Biblical fantasy featuring Joshua; of sf interest is The Secret of the Crater (A Mountain Moloch) (July 1897 Lippincott's Magazine as "A Mountain Moloch"; exp 1900), a tale whose frame narrator, after evoking H Rider Haggard and Jules Verne, presents to his readers the illustrative story of an explorer who discovers a Lost Race of Carthaginians on a Pacific Island; the princess in residence falls in love with the explorer. ...

Spinrad, Norman

(1940-    ) US author, born in New York – where he set some impressive fiction – but resident in France for many years; married to N Lee Wood (1990-2005). He began publishing sf with "The Last of the Romany" for Analog in 1963, assembled with other early work as The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde (coll 1970), the title story being among the most successful of the attempts made by various authors to write a Shared World tale using the characters and universe of ...

Chomichuk, GMB

Working name of Canadian teacher, illustrator and author Gregory M B Chomichuk (?   -    ), who also signs as G M B Chomichuk, author of several Graphic Novels and other visual work, including significant contributions to the Original Anthology series, The Imagination Manifesto beginning with The Imagination Manifesto, Books 1 (anth 2010) [not listed below]. He is of sf interest for The Automatic Age (2020), a gonzo hegira tale set in a savage distant Near ...

Balfour, Andrew

(1873-1931) Scottish medical doctor specializing in tropical medicine, and at around the beginning of the twentieth century author of several adventure novels under the influence of H Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson. Of these, The Golden Kingdom: Being an Account of the Quest for the Same as Described in the Remarkable Narrative of Doctor Henry Mortimer, Contained in the Manuscript Found with the Boards of a Boer Bible During the Late War, and Edited with a Prefatory Note (1903) is a ...

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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