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Copley, Frank Barkley

(1875-1941) US author – best known for his adulatory Frederick W Taylor: Father of Scientific Management (1923 2vols) – in whose The Impeachment of President Israels (1913) a Near Future Jewish US president is impeached for refusing on ethical grounds to make war on Germany, but is vindicated. [JC]

Oberth, Hermann

(1894-1989) Austro-Hungarian born German engineer and physicist, in his early years much influenced by the work of Jules Verne. He is of great importance in the theory and development of Rocket science from as early as 1917, and his (rejected) doctoral thesis – Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ["The Rocket into Interplanetary Space"] (1923 chap; exp vt Wege zur Raumschiffahrt ["Ways to Spaceflight"] 1929) – directly inspired the founding of the Verein für Raumschiffahrt ...

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

Arnold, Jack

(1916-1992) US film-maker, born Jack Arnold Waks, who made a number of sf films during the 1950s. In World War Two, while in the Army Signal Corps, which was producing training films, Arnold found himself working with the great documentary maker Robert Flaherty and received an invaluable crash course in film-making. After World War Two he made several successful documentaries. This led to an offer from Universal Studios to direct feature films, beginning with Girls in the Night (1953). In 1953 ...

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

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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