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Mendelson, Drew

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Museum Piece" in New Dimensions 5 (anth 1975) edited by Robert Silverberg. His Pilgrimage (1981) grippingly presents a vision of a bleak Ruined Earth environment, long abandoned by most humans except for those who inhabit the planet's one remaining artefact, a vast City that moves slowly across the devastated land. As in Christopher Priest's early Inverted World (1974), the city contains within it a ...

Gorman, J T

(1869-?   ) UK author of Young Adult books, usually of a military cast; he often signed himself Major J T Gorman. Of sf interest is Gorilla Gold (1937), whose young heroes traverse Africa in an autogiro, meeting a giant white gorilla and a pterodactyl en route. [JC]

Kersh, Gerald

(1911-1968) UK author, born in the county of Middlesex, despite stories that he was born in Russia; in the USA from the 1950s, becoming an American citizen; active from the mid-1930s. He was very prolific in shorter forms but is known mainly for such work outside the sf field as Night and the City (1938) and They Die with Their Boots Clean (1941). Many of his numerous short stories (some 400 were published, over 100 of them never collected in his lifetime) are sf or fantasy, often having their ...

Avoledo, Tullio

(1957-    ) Italian author (see Italy) whose first novel, L'elenco telefonico di Atlantide ["The Atlantis Telephone Directory"] (2003), is a Satire of the modern commercial world set partly in a conspiracy-choked Atlantis; the influence of Thomas Pynchon may be detected. La ragazza di Vajont (2008; trans Gillian Ania as The Girl from Vajont 2013) is an Alternate History tale set in an Italy governed by a fascist tyranny and wracked by civil war, ethnic cleansing, a piercing ...

Federbush, Arnold

(1935-1993) American film editor, aspiring screenwriter and author who turned to novels on the understanding that it would increase his chances of making sales to Hollywood producers. The Man Who Lived in Inner Space (1973) features adventures Under the Sea by a marine biologist who is gradually transformed into an amphibious life-form after being crippled in a chemical explosion. Ice! (1978) is a Disaster novel of accelerated Climate Change brought upon by nuclear testing, with the onset of 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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