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O'Donnell, Kevin, Jr

(1950-2012) US author with a BA in Chinese Studies who spent several years in the Far East. His first published sf was "The Hand Is Quicker" (October 1973 Analog), and over fifty short stories followed before the turn of the century. His first novel, Bander Snatch (1979), curiously blends pulp Clichés and real inventiveness in its tale of a ghetto mobster who has telepathic powers and learns to use them responsibly. Mayflies (1979), which shows a significant advance in narrative skill, ...

Wilson, William H

(1869-1915) US author whose sf novel Rafnaland: The Strange Story of John Heath Howard (1900) describes a voyage by Balloon to the North Pole, where the eponymous Lost World is discovered, inhabited by Vikings. Unusually, after falling in love with the local princess, the balloonist, while attempting to escape with his love, perishes. [JC]

Anderson, Dwayne

(1982-    ) Canadian author whose first sf novel, Alien Conflict (2002) features an Alien attempt to prevent World War Four on Earth; his second is Hellfire Apocalypse (2004). [JC]

Futuristic Science Stories

UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London. Edited by John S Manning, a pseudonym of publishers Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. 16 issues, numbered, undated, 1950-1958; #1-#15 appeared 1950-1954; #16 did not appear until 1958. / Futuristic Science Stories was one of four almost identical low-quality sf magazines – all of minimal interest – published by Spencer in the 1950s; the others were Tales of Tomorrow, Wonders of the Spaceways and Worlds of Fantasy. ...

Ronco, Dan

(?   -    ) US author in whose PeaceMaker sequence – comprising PeaceMaker (2004) and Unholy Domain (2008) – a self-aware Computer virus (see AI) threatens the world's Communication systems, leaving civilization vulnerable to the specious Uplift conspiracy, the Domain, which hopes unilaterally to Upload human minds to a higher level. [JC]

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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