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Mahmud, Mustafa

(1921-2009) Egyptian philosopher, journalist and author. As a child from a middle-class family, he was able to enter university and study medicine; due to illness which hospitalized him for two years during his studies, he became interested in philosophy and religion. He started contributing to leading Egyptian Magazines and journals in the late 1940s and in 1960 left his medical career to devote himself fully to writing. He wrote some 80 books, of which the majority dealt with faith, religion ...

Munro, John

(1849-1930) UK engineer, professor of mechanical engineering at Bristol, and author of three tales of sf interest, "Sun-Rise in the Moon" (October 1894 Cassell's Magazine), "A Message from Mars" (March 1895 Cassell's Family Magazine) and A Trip to Venus (1897, incorporating "A Message from Mars" above as chapter one). The novel is an unexceptional account of a journey by Spaceship – powered by a new Antigravity-sustaining Power Source – to an idyllic Utopia on Venus, with a brief ...

Hardy, Jason M

(?   -    ) US author of some Ties connected to the Battletech Wargame, beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: The Scorpion Jar (2004); he has also contributed Shadowrun: Drops of Corruption (2006) to the Shadowrun world. [JC]

Peterson, John Victor

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Martyrs Don't Mind Dying" in Astounding for January 1938, producing competent Genre SF for various contemporary SF Magazines until 1959. With Allen Ingvald Benson he published "Atmospherics" (September 1939 Astounding) under the joint pseudonym Victor Valding. In his one full-length novel, Rock the Big Rock (1970), a chthonic Underground figure from humanity's past broaches into a Near ...

Spicer, Arwen

(1975-    ) US academic and author, whose nonfiction work has focused on authors like William Morris and H G Wells, with an emphasis on their approach to what eventually would be known as Ecology. Her sf novel Perdita (2001) explores similar issues in a tale set on the artificially isolated eponymous planet, where pro- and anti-Technology families vie for dominance as the Invention of Matter Transmission device opens doors to the galaxy. In her second novel, The Hour Before ...

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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