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White, Nathanial

(1983-    ) US author whose first novel, the Near Future Conscious Designs (2022), explicitly employs his own experience of accident-caused paralysis and recovery of bodily functions in an exploration of the state of mind of a paraplegic offered the chance to desubstantiate himself into a "Second Self" in a Virtual Reality Utopia. [JC]

von Gunden, Kenneth

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Scrapings" in Ascents of Wonder (anth 1977) edited by David Gerrold, but whose first book of sf interest was nonfiction: Twenty All-Time Great SF Films (1982) with Stuart H Stock. He began publishing sf novels with StarSpawn (1990), which interestingly introduces an ethically advanced Hive-Mind ...

Sutherland, James

(1900-1996) Scottish academic and author whose Parody of the Fantastic Voyage genre, The Narrative of Jasper Weeple: Being an Account of his Strange Journey to the Land of Midanglia, and of all that Happened to him in that Country (1930), describes the discovery of a medieval Utopian Lost Race in the heart of contemporary England. Midanglia, a benevolent ...

Moulder, Victor

(1867-1949) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ophiris; Or, the Ophir of Solomon: A Story of Adventure & Love in the Land of the Incas (1902), set as its subtitle implies in the mountains of Brazil and Peru, where a civilization descended from the Incan empire is discovered; the tale interjects some occult Solomonic material. [JC]

Startling Mystery Stories

US digest magazine, saddle-stapled, 18 issues Summer 1966 to March 1971, published by Health Knowledge Inc, New York; edited by Robert A W Lowndes; 132 pages; quarterly. / Startling Mystery Stories was one of the routine genre magazines added by Robert A W Lowndes to the Health Knowledge Inc list during his time with this publisher, a companion to ...

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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