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Wheeler, William W

(1853-1916) US author whose Utopia Rest (1894) includes some occult elements, like the mysterious presence of a redeemed Adam and Eve in a world based on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888); Shapeshifter Aliens from another planet are also in evidence. [JC]

Yaniv, Nir

(1972-    ) Israeli author, musician and occasional film-maker, most influential as the editor of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy website, which he created and built into Israel's first significant online SF Magazine, at a time when none existed. He also edited several issues of the print magazine Chalomot Be'aspamia, following the departure of long-serving editor Vered Tochterman. / As a writer, Yaniv has worked predominantly in the short-story form, ...

Knye, Cassandra

Joint pseudonym of Thomas M Disch and John T Sladek for a gothic novel, The House that Fear Built (1966); of Sladek alone for another, The Castle and the Key (1967); and – with the variant spelling Cassandra Nye – of Charles Naylor for a third, Steps to the Grotto (1974). The name is also given to an invented psychic described as "the American author of horrific gothic novels" in Sladek's astrological spoof Arachne Rising: The Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac (1977) as by James Vogh, ...

Brick Bradford

US Comic strip created by author William Ritt and artist Clarence Gray for King Features Syndicate. Brick Bradford appeared in 1933 as a Sunday page and daily strip, with the Sunday strip the more fantastic and futuristic. Gray's clean, economical style, together with Ritt's imaginative, purple prose, made Brick Bradford more than just an imitation of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, which probably inspired it. Ritt was fired in 1948 for failing to keep deadlines, and died in 1971; Gray ...

Kip, Leonard

(1826-1906) US lawyer and author, much of whose work reflects his experiences in the California Gold Rush of 1849; though some of his novels contain trace elements of the supernatural, he is of interest here mainly for Hannibal's Man (1873 chap), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which a truculent Carthaginian is aroused from a glacier, which is included in Hannibal's Man and other Tales: The Argus Christmas Stories (coll 1878). Along with the title story and some fantasies, the volume includes "The ...

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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