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Bear, Greg

Working name of US author Gregory Dale Bear (1951-2022), son-in-law of Poul Anderson. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Destroyers" in Famous Science Fiction for Winter 1967, and became a full-time writer in 1975. His first stories and novels were auspicious but not perhaps remarkably so; his early work did not hint at all strongly that he would become one of the dominant writers of the 1980s. Between ...

Powell, Van

(1886-?   ) US screenwriter and author of some sf interest for at least two of his series of adventures for boys: the Mystery Boys series of adventures for boys, all five volumes – including The Mystery Boys and the Inca Gold (1931), a Lost Race tale – being published simultaneously; and the Sky Scout Airplane Boys sequence beginning with The Mystery Crash ...

Westheim, Michael

(1958-    ) US teacher and author whose Young Adult tale The Callisto Group (1995) carries its young protagonists through the Solar System on various adventures. [JC]

Crandall, Reed

(1917-1982) US illustrator best known for his work in Comics and, latterly, for a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrations done in the early 1960s for Canaveral Press (see Richard A Lupoff). Crandall received his formal art education at Cleveland School of Art and at New York's Arts Students League. Even before graduating from the former, where he'd majored in ...

Brown, Harrison

(1917-1986) US scientist and author whose nonfiction The Challenge of Man's Future (1954) combines demographical, ecological and energy concerns in a pioneering work of great admonitory influence. His sf novel, The Cassiopeia Affair (1968) with Chloe Zerwick, treats fictionally the same problems through a story about a possibly bogus message from the stars that may keep mankind from destroying itself in a terminal conflagration. ...

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 ...



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