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Hesse, Hermann

(1877-1962) German-born author, in Switzerland 1880-1886, and from 1919; a Swiss citizen from 1923; found "unfit" for active service in World War One, he took a military position dealing with prisoners of war. His long career, which began in the mid-1890s, culminated with the publication of two novels of interest. Die Morgenlandfahrt: Eine Erzälung (1932; trans Hilda Rosner as The Journey to the East 1956 chap), which focuses upon a conclave of European and Asian spiritual eminences who ...

Dziemianowicz, Stefan R

(1957-    ) US editor, critic and author whose main focus of interest is Horror and supernatural fiction, in this capacity publishing many reviews in Crypt of Cthulhu and other venues since 1985, and co-editing the critical Fanzine Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction with S T Joshi and Michael A Morrison for its entire run of seven issues, Summer 1991 to Fall 1994; Necrofile won a 1995 British Fantasy Award. He has edited many anthologies, usually in collaboration, ...

Moltruhn, Maximilian

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of a Future War novella, The Other Side at the Battle of Dorking [for full title see Checklist] (1871 chap), in which a German participant in the Invasion of the UK tells his story; the tale preserves the main thrust of the Battle of Dorking scenario: the defeat of the unready British. [JC]

Scaevola, Peter

(?   -    ) US author of '68: A Novel of Presidential Politics (1964), set in Near Future America where a demagogic candidate exploits racism, anti-semitism and a range of fundamentalist Paranoias in his bid to become president. [JC]

McCarry, Charles

(1930-2019) US government agent and author, best known for the Paul Christopher series of intermittently Near Future political thrillers beginning with The Miernik Dossier (1973). McCarry's grave acuity, and his extensive knowledge of the workings of intelligence agencies like the CIA (his employer for a decade or more), have given rise to comparisons with the work of John Le Carré (1931-2020), though he did not share the saeva indignatio that marked the latter's old age. Though most of ...

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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