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Kaufelt, David A

(1939-    ) US author best known for the nonfantastic Wyn Lewis Series, featuring a female detective on Long Island, New York. Of sf interest is Spare Parts (1978), a medical thriller set in New York in the very Near Future, where human organs and limbs are being sold to the rich. [JC]

Williams, Billy Dee

Working name of US actor and author William December Williams (1937-    ), best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) et cetera. He co-wrote with Rob MacGregor the Trent Calloway series beginning with OSI Net (1999), about American intelligence operatives gifted (or cursed) with Psi Powers. [JC]

Vachell, Horace Annesley

(1861-1955) UK land speculator (in 1880s-1890s California), playwright and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1900. In The Other Side: Being Certain Passages in the Life of a Genius (1910), a man involved in a crime investigation acquires knowledge from another Dimension. [JC]

Whitmarsh, H Phelps

(1863-1935) Canadian-born journalist and author, in Australia and USA before moving to the Philippines in 1899; he is of sf interest for The Golden Talisman (1899), a Lost Race tale set within a frame of mountains deep within Asia, where the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Kaffiria suffer from a lack of sweet-smelling flora. [JC]

Dent, Guy

(1892-1954) UK author who served in various military capacities during and after World War One, initially in the East African Mounted Rifles from 10 August 1941 and in various other capacities including Flying Officer in the Royal Flying Corps from 2 March 1916. He is best known for his adventure stories in The Detective Magazine and elsewhere, none of them fantastic, many featuring animals in natural habitats. His one contribution to sf was Emperor of the If (1926), a Scientific Romance which ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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