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White, Fred M

(1859-1935) UK author whose first work of sf interest seems to be "The Island of Shadows" (2 April-9 July 1892 Illustrated Chips), a short novel whose protagonists, aided by a gelatine-like substance that allows them to breathe Under the Sea, discover a sunken Island which, when disturbed, reveals an entrance to the Hollow Earth, where furry amphibious humans have established a Utopia. He later contributed sf to Pearson's Magazine, The Strand Magazine and other general fiction magazines, ...

Stern, Dave

(1958-    ) US author almost exclusively as a contributor of Ties to various series universes, including some associated with Marvel Comics and Star Trek, the first of these being Dr Bones #5: Nightmare World (1989), part of a Shared World series about the eponymous archaeologist/adventurer in space, clearly influenced by Stephen Spielberg's Indiana Jones sequence. Stern's Lara Croft ties, beginning with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), novelize the Videogame female ...

Sommerfeld, Adolf

(1870-1943) German journalist and author of a Future War novel, Frankreichs Ende im Jahre 19?? (1912; rev 1914; trans Louis G Redmont as How Germany Crushed France: (The Story of the Greatest Conspiracy in History) 1915), in which Germany, trusting safely in the neutrality of Britain and Russia, utterly defeats France in a very Near Future 1915. / Sommerfeld should not be confused with Adolf Sommerfeld (1886-1964), the building contractor who commissioned Walter Gropius (1883-1969) to ...

Realms of Fantasy

US Slick fantasy magazine, letter-size and saddle-stapled, published bimonthly, first by Sovereign Media, Herndon, Virginia, from October 1994 to April 2009, then by Warren Lapine's Tir Na Nog, Blacksburg, Virginia, from August 2009 to December 2010 and finally by Damnation Books, Santa Rosa, California from February to October 2011, a total of 102 issues. It has been edited by Shawna McCarthy throughout, though Douglas Cohen assumed the full editorial role from November 2009 with McCarthy as ...

Silberrad, Una L

(1872-1955) UK author, active for about half a century from the mid 1890s, most of her novels comfortably but lucidly supportive of decent middle-class values established during her early prime, but with a bracing Feminist element detectable in many tales. Of sf interest are the tales assembled as The Affairs of John Bolsover (coll of linked stories 1911), set mostly in Near Future London, mostly around 1960, in which the detective Bolsover solves a variety of political crimes. [JC]

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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