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Herbert, Brian

(1947-    ) US author, son of Frank Herbert, who began publishing sf with his third book and first novel, Sidney's Comet: Being an Account of the Remarkable Events Which Occurred During the Approach of the Great Garbage Comet (1983), a comic Satire which launched the short Garbage Chronicles series; the eponymous Comet, composed of human garbage, threatens Earth in the twenty-seventh century; the sequel, The Garbage Chronicles: Being an Account of the Adventures of Tom Javik ...

Hull, E Mayne

(1905-1975) Canadian author, in the US from about 1944, married from 1939 until her death to A E van Vogt, who collaborated with her on most of her work, either in its original magazine form or by expanding it for book publication; she was born Edna May Hull, becoming Edna May Vogt on marriage and legally changing this to Edna Mayne van Vogt in the process of her and her husband's application for US citizenship in 1945. She began publishing sf with "The Flight that Failed" for Astounding in ...

Ochse, Weston

(1965-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Holy Ghost Hit Parade" in Darkness Within for January 1999; most of his stories and novels have been horror and supernatural thrillers, beginning with Scarecrow Gods (2005), and including the SEAL Team 666 sequence beginning with SEAL Team 666 (2012) about an elite government military unit that defends America from supernatural incursions. Of sf interest is Blood Ocean (2012), Ochse's first contribution ...

Howard, Keble

Pseudonym of UK author John Keble Bell (1875-1928), whose novel of genre interest, The Peculiar Major: An Almost Incredible Story (1919), hovers Equipoisally between fantasy and sf, as its subtitle hints. The Invisibility which allows a British army officer to perform heroic exploits in World War One – while clearly influenced by H G Wells's The Invisible Man (1897) and other similar stories – is made possible by an ancient ring. [JC]

Hughes, Kerrie L

(1959-    ) US author and editor, married to John Helfers. An occasional short story writer, starting with "Judgment" in Haunted Holidays (anth 2004) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Russell Davies. From 2005 she has worked as an anthologist, co-editing several themed volumes with Martin H Greenberg and others, but later moving on to become sole editor of various Anthologies including several volumes in the long-running Fiction River series of Young Adult fantasies. [RR]

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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