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Savage, Richard Henry

(1846-1903) US soldier and author of a number of adventures, some exceedingly melodramatic. Two are of sf interest: The Flying Halcyon: A Mystery of the Pacific Ocean (1894) is a Lost Race tale set in the Pacific, where a hoard of Aztec treasure is guarded by Yaqui Indians, reverently; and The Anarchist: A Story of Today (1894), a tale of political intrigue and violence set in a Near Future America ransacked by anarchists under the control of Professor Carl Stein, whom Savage describes almost ...

Mandel, George

(1920-2021) US Comics artist who drew some Superhero figures including The Woman in Red – first seen in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940) and identified as the first female masked crime-fighter – Black Marvel for Timely and Blue Bolt for Novelty, until he was badly wounded in World War Two. / Mandel then turned to writing, beginning with the early Beat novel Flee the Angry Strangers (1952). Of sf interest is Crocodile Blood (1985), a tale Equipoisal between rationalized horror ...

C, H F

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK writer (?   -?   ) whose Near Future sf novel, Sir John Toughbo, M P; or, the Registered Life-Pass (1903 chap), argumentatively visualizes a 1919 world distorted by labour unrest. [JC]

Skal, David J

(1952-    ) US author whose first novel, Scavengers (1980), suggests some sf basis for a plot involving Memory transfer in a corrupt world. His second, When We Were Good (1981), evokes a powerful sense of cultural despair in the tale of a sterile world in which Genetically Engineered hermaphrodites (see Gender) fail to represent an emblem of hope for the terminal remnants of normal humanity. A sense that Skal is by inclination a horror writer is intensified by the entropic ...

Caunter, C F

(1899-1988) UK aviator (he was a pilot with the Royal Air force in World War One), scholar and author of popular engineering texts from 1920; he also worked as an electrical engineer. The distressed protagonist of his one published sf novel, Madness Opens the Door (1932), is taken via Matter Transmitter first to the Moon and thence through interstellar space to an entirely new planet. From the late 1940s until 1959, Caunter was Assistant Keeper of Road Transport for the Science Museum, London, ...

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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