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Alexander, Patrick

(1926-1997) UK author of crime novels; of these Show Me a Hero (1979) – a Near Future thriller set in a Dystopian UK governed (as was common in 1970s novels of this description) by a left-wing dictatorship – is of some sf interest. [JC]

Cartier, Edd

Working name of US illustrator Edward Daniel Cartier (1914-2008). After graduating in 1936 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Cartier was hired by Street & Smith to work on their Pulp magazines, notably The Shadow (see The Shadow). His skills were noticed by John W Campbell Jr, who began using him in the new magazine Unknown, for which Cartier did over 200 black-and-white interiors and five covers. For many readers Cartier's combination of whimsy and menace summed up the unique ...

Groves, Jay

(1922-2010) US teacher of history and economics, and author whose short sf novel – featuring the landing of a flying saucer (see UFOs) – is Fireball at the Lake: A Story of Encounter with Another World (1967). [JC]

de Parville, Henri

Pseudonym of French author François Henri Peudefer (1838-1909) who is of sf interest for Un habitant de la planète Mars: roman d'anticipation (1865; trans Brian Stableford as An Inhabitant of the Planet Mars 2008), based on a hoax newspaper article by Peudefer (signed A Lomon). published 17 May 1865 Le Pays, and purporting to describe the discovery of a humanoid fossil from Mars in a deep geological stratum. The novel comprises in part a Satire on the process of scientific ...

Rowe, Rebecca

(1965-    ) US author whose first novel, Forbidden Cargo (2006), energetically develops from a moderately complex premise: on a Terraformed Mars, illegal Genetic Engineering has created a group of modified humans known as the Imagofas, who cope better with the new worlds in view that unmodified Homo sapiens and who are therefore hunted down (see Clichés); the subsequent action, which deploys two protagonists on the run, and contains sojourns in Cyberspace, is ...

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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