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Hallam, Atlantis

(1915-1987) US author of Star Ship on Saddle Mountain (1955), a Young Adult tale of First Contact set in rural America. [JC]

Vassos, Ruth

(1896-1965) US fashion designer/adviser and author who, in collaboration with her husband, the artist/industrial designer John Vassos (1898-1985), produced three narratives which, though very heavily illustrated, were not constructed as Graphic Novels. Of sf interest is Ultimo: An Imaginative Narration of Life Under the Earth With Projections by John Vassos and the Text by Ruth Vassos (1930), which depicts a future Earth whose inhabitants have been driven into vast Underground Cities by the ...

Sinderby, Donald

Pseudonym of UK author Donald Ryder Stephens (1898-1983), in active service during World War One. The last of his five novels, Mother-in-Law India (1930), is a Near Future tale in which the British Empire threatens to crack apart due to Britain's socialist government's foolish promise to give India her freedom (see Imperialism; Politics), opening the road to miscegenation (see Race in SF), a fate worse than death that is averted in Sinderby's earlier nonfantastic The Jewel of Malaba: A Story of ...

Vaughn, Carrie

(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Girl with the Pre-Raphaelite Hair" in Talebones for Fall 1999; it was assembled in Amaryllis and Other Stories (coll 2016). This collection, plus her first, Straying from the Path (coll 2011), both contain material ranging widely through the remit of contemporary Fantastika, the second including stories like The Best We Can (first appeared July 2013; 2013 ebook), about a thwarted First ...

Howes, Margaret

(1927-2008) US sf fan and author of The Wrong World (2000), in which a deracinated young man seeks his father on another planet, which may not be the right world either, and which (see Equipoise) may be a projection. [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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