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Dulac, Odette

Pseudonym of French opera singer, songwriter, sculptor and author Jeanne Latrilhe (1865-1939); in the first capacity, she starred most frequently in French operettas, as well as maintaining a cabaret career, until 1904. Active as an author of fiction and nonfiction from before World War One, she published one tale of sf interest, Tel qui l'est! (1926; trans Brian Stableford as The War of the Sexes 2015), in which explorations into exorbitances of sexual Biology, along with a touch of Theosophy, ...

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

(1981-    ) Mexican author, now in Canada, who attended university in the United States. Moreno-Garcia grew up in Baja California and Mexico City, the latter featuring prominently in her work (see also Mexico). She is perhaps the most visible Mexican genre author writing in English, and as such can be identified with the generation of young World SF authors such as Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar, who similarly chose English as their primary (though never exclusive) ...

Schwahn, John George

(?   -?   ) US author of The Tableau; Or, Heaven as a Republic (1892), a Utopia governed by a strict adherence to reason. [JC]

Herscholt, Wolfe

An Australian pseudonym or more likely a House Name used mainly by G C Bleeck and Russell Hausfeld on some unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles, two of them of novella length. These are Magnetic Peril (1949 chap) and X-Ray Menace (1949 chap), both involving Inventions; in the first a new metal is used to magnetically attract ocean liners, which are then looted, and in the second, an x-ray camera is used to make a film (see Cinema) that exposes the secret lives of Hollywood stars. [JC]

Real Time Tactics

Term used to describe a form of Computer Wargame in which players fight small scale military battles, typically adopting the role of a squad commander. Events occur continuously (in "real time") and moves must be made without prolonged reflection. Sf members of the form include Syndicate (1993) and Mech Commander (1998) (see Battletech). [NT]

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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