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Bahnson, Agnew H, Jr

(1915-1964) US author, textile-machinery manufacturer and speculative thinker much involved in problems of Gravity; fittingly, his Near-Future political thriller, The Stars Are too High (1959), features a hoax in which fake Aliens with a real gravity-driven ship try to bring peace to the world. After his death in a plane crash, the University of North Carolina established the Agnew H Bahnson Professorship in Physics, whose recipients are funded for relatively short periods. [JC/PN]

Rocket's Blast Comicollector

US photocopied Comics Fanzine/Semiprozine published on good-quality paper. Published by the Science Fiction and Comics Fan Association. Editors included G B Love and James Van Hise. 125 issues for 1964 to 1983, numbered #29-#153. Publication was monthly to 1978; thereafter nominally bimonthly but increasingly erratic from 1979. / This began with the 1962 merger of two Fanzines – The Rocket's Blast edited by G B Love (1939-2001) and The Comicollector edited by Jerry Bails (1933-2006) ...

Ridyard, Jennifer

(1971-    ) UK-born author, copywriter and journalist, in South Africa from an early age and working for newspapers there 1994-2004; more recently in Ireland with her partner, John Connolly. She has collaborated with Connolly on a Young Adult sf sequence, The Chronicles of the Invaders series beginning with Conquest (2013) [for details see his entry]. [JC]

Lindbohm, Dénis

(1927-2005) Swedish photo technician and author. Hugely gifted, though with little formal schooling, Lindbohm early had to support himself; after apprenticeships he became a photo technician at a chain of photo shops where he rose to head of in-job training while twenty years of darkroom labour impaired his health and eyesight. In the 1970s, he was granted a disability pension and turned to full-time writing. Lindbohm's interest in sf was lifelong. A family magazine article about Space Flight ...

Wolverton, Dave

(1957-2022) US author who also wrote as David Farland, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Sky Is an Open Highway" in The Leading Edge for Fall 1985. He began to enter literary contests in that year, winning a few small competitions and then the Best of the Year award in the Writers of the Future Contest for 1986, with "On My Way to Paradise", which appeared in L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, Volume III (anth 1987). This novella was the basis for his first novel, On ...

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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