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Weisman, Jacob

(1965-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Death and the Elephant" in Amaranth: Tales of the Supernatural (anth 1991) edited by Alayne Gelfand, most of his limited output being in collaboration with David Sandner, with whom he also collaborated on his first Anthology, The Treasury of the Fantastic: Romanticism to Early Twentieth Century Literature (anth 2001). His other anthologies include The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (anth 2012) ...

Fraser, Ronald

(1888-1974) UK soldier, civil servant and author, in active service during World War One until an injury left him permanently disabled. Most of his work, like his first novel, The Flying Draper (1924; rev 1931), utilizes fantasy or sf devices – in this initial case levitation (see Telekinesis) – to create allegorical or philosophical arguments, unmistakably influenced by H G Wells: the draper in this first novel, for instance, finds that the ability to fly enforces almost literally ...

Lamb, Alex

(?   -    ) UK software engineer, theatrical director and author, currently in the USA; he is of sf interest for the Roboteer sequence beginning with Roboteer (2015), a Space Opera set in an interstellar arena, into which Homo sapiens has expanded without necessarily learning the lessons of the partial ruination of Earth. The tale focuses on a War between a Terran theocracy which bans Genetic Engineering and the old colonies, now home to a very wide range of ...

Frith, R J

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel, The Nemesis List (2010), is set in a relaxed Space Opera universe full of merchant traders and complaisant planetary authorities; her protagonist, a freelance freighter captain, must transfer a multiple murderer, whose IQ has been experimentally enhanced by the scientists he has murdered, to a planet where he can be taken care of (see Crime and Punishment). Similarities have been noted between this novel and Firefly ...

Oliphant, Laurence

(1829-1888) South African-born UK adventurer, diplomat politician and author, well known for nonfiction texts which described his own adventures in Asia, Africa and South America while at the same time advocating solutions to the "problems" he encountered, whether social or military; on more than one occasion these texts were tacitly sponsored by the UK Foreign Office. In 1867, he joined an American Utopian community, the Brotherhood of the New Life, founded by the poet Thomas Lake Harris ...

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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