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(1883-1983) US author, mostly of nonfiction works on carpentry and building in general; Pushing Buttons (1946 chap) is a short Lost Race tale. [JC]
(1888-1957) French translator and author, translator of English texts into French, including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932), and vice versa. Written in English, his collection of Parodies of well-known authors, Rather Like ... Some Endeavours to Assume the Mantles of the Great ... With a Publisher's Note Embodying the Opinions of the Great (coll 1920), includes Arthur Conan Doyle and H G Wells among its targets. [JC]
(1857-1935) Russian scientist and author. He began investigating the possibility of Space Flight in 1878. In his monograph Free Space (1883 chap) he suggested that Spaceships would have to operate by jet propulsion. His consideration of some of the practical difficulties led to a paper entitled "How to Protect Fragile and Delicate Objects from Jolts and Shocks" (1891). In 1903 he published the classic paper "The Probing of Space by Means of Jet Devices", proposing that space travel could be ...
Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good use, decides to create universal peace. Under his own name, Vlasto wrote several thrillers. [JC]
(1881-1952) US author in whose Young Adult novel, The Strange Inventor: A Curious Adventure Story (1927), Merlin Time Travels incognito to the twentieth century, where he meets the young protagonist, and amazes him with the engineless car (another of his Inventions) in which he carries him away. The two visit the future, where adventures are had, and the past, ditto. Merlin himself is a distant precursor of the Mad Scientist in the Back to the Future films. [JC]
(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 ...