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Sorel, Edward

(1929-    ) US illustrator, cartoonist and author born Edward Schwartz; he changed his name legally. In Moon Missing: An Illustrated Guide to the Future (1962) the Moon disappears and the early 1960s are satirized. The illustrations are more satisfyingly vindictive than the text. [PN]

Kanbayashi Chōhei

Writing name of Japanese author Kiyoshi Takayanagi (1953-    ), occasionally romanized as Chōhei Kambayashi, whose tone swings largely between Cyberpunk of conflicts with machines, and Satire involving cats. He has won the prestigious Seiun Award on multiple occasions, for works in both modes. / Ever since his competition-winning debut short "Kitsune to Odore" ["Dance With a Fox"] (September 1979 S-F Magazine), Kanbayashi's stories have appeared almost exclusively ...

Harbottle, Philip

(1941-    ) UK local government officer and sf researcher. Harbottle is the world authority on the works of John Russell Fearn (whom see for details of Harbottle's involvement in his posthumous career) whose literary estate he represents and with whom he has posthumously collaborated, completing several stories. His bibliographical study of Fearn is John Russell Fearn – an Evaluation (1963 chap; exp vt John Russell Fearn: The Ultimate Analysis 1965 chap; further exp vt ...

Zindell, David

(1952-    ) US author with a degree in mathematics who began publishing sf with "The Dreamer's Sleep" for Fantasy Book in December 1984. His career properly began, however, when he won the Writers of the Future Contest with "Shanidar" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, anth 1985, ed Algis Budrys), which was modified into the first part of his first novel, the long and remarkable Neverness (1988), the first instalment of the Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens ...

Unno Jūza

Pseudonym of author Shōichi Sano (1897-1949), sometimes rendered as Jūzō Unno, regarded along with Shunrō Oshikawa as one of the "founding fathers" of science fiction in Japan. He also published several works of nonfiction as by Kyūjūrō Oka, among other pen-names. A graduate in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Unno's first sale was the scientific detective story "Denkifuro no Kaishi Jiken" ["The Case of the Mysterious Death in the Electric Bath"] ...

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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