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Stevenson, Chris

(?   -    ) US author whose Planet Janitor sequence of Space Operas, beginning with Planet Janitor: Custodian of the Stars (2012), features the harum-scarum adventures of the eponymous disposal firm in the solar system, and beyond, where First Contact is achieved with exaggeratedly dangerous Aliens. The Girl They Sold to the Moon (2014) depicts a Dystopian world where children are pawned off to pay debts, as told in pert Young Adult fashion by a young girl so ...

de Timms, Graeme

Probable Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -    ). De Timms's pulp-style paperback sf novels are Three Quarters (1963) and Split (1963), about a medical Disaster. The Australian editions are variously credited to Graeme de Timmes, G D Timms and G D Timmes (vts only are listed below); confusion with the Australian author E V Timms should be avoided. Similarities in stylistic ineptitude suggest that Nal Rafcam may have been a pseudonym of the same author. ...

Danrit, Captain

Translation of "Capitaine Danrit", pseudonym of French military officer and author Émile-Auguste-Cyprien Driant (1855-1916), serving in World War One until his death in combat; much of his sub-Verne work appeared in Le Journal des Voyages, along with authors like Louis Boussenard, whose greater skills and less exaggerated patriotism may explain their greater popularity in English-speaking markets. Danrit's early reputation was built through the La Guerre de Demain ["The War of Tomorrow"] ...

Curry, E S

(1837-1906) Canadian-born minister and author, who became a US citizen in 1901; his The No-Din: Romance, History and Science of Pre-Historic Races of America and Other Lands (1899) is Prehistoric SF. Somewhat confusedly, 8000 years after the birth of Adam, an Edenic continent in the South Pacific is destroyed by a Comet; the survivors of this Disaster flee far and wide in Airships – including the No-Din itself and eventually colonize "Amurica", "Atlantuz", "Ophur" and other territories. ...

Marshall, Luther

(?   -?   ) US author of Thomas Boobig: A Complete Enough Account of his Life and Singular Disappearance: Narration of his Scribe (1895), an sf novel depicting – perhaps for the first time – a genuine Superman, the eponymous Boobig who is born of natural size but soon grows into a mental and physical giant (see Great and Small). His great good temper seems to ensure that his influence on his native California as a Paul Bunyan-like entrepreneur are ...

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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