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Wybraniec, Peter Frank

(1882-1964) Polish-born US author whose lightly fictionalized Utopia Speratia (1935; rev vt Speratia: The Land of Hope 1941) posits an anti-egalitarian state control over every aspect of life, with Religion adamantly manifest. The author, who seems to have simultaneously used the name Dr Raphael W Leonhart as putative writer of this text, was a dentist. [JC]

Wang Dulu

Writing name of Wang Baoxiang (1909-1977), a Chinese author, largely of detective stories and mysteries, whose most productive period in the late 1930s and 1940s saw some of the definitive works of martial-arts fiction (see Wuxia). He was born to Manchu parents in Beijing, shortly before the abdication of the last emperor would see the suspension of the hereditary stipend paid to aristocrats. As a result, his family and many like it fell swiftly into penury; he left school at 15 after the death ...

Hidrea Spacefolk

Finnish prog-rock or self-described "astrobeat" band, formed in 1999. They have released two albums to date, both of considerable genre interest: Symbiosis (2002) and Balansia (2004). Their accomplished space-rock is largely instrumental and combines melodic guitars, restless synthesizers and repetitive drums into sound-textures with an interstellar travel vibe. [AR] see also: SF Music. /

Hruska, Alan

(1933-2022) US attorney, publisher, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter and author whose sf novel, Borrowed Time (1984), attempts with some success to suggest analogies and crossings between various Parallel Worlds and the bicameral human brain (see Julian Jaynes). His first two films, both dramas involving the law, appeared in the twenty-first century. [JC]

Scott, T H

(1878-?   ) UK author of adventure novels for boys; of sf interest is The Treasure Trail: A Tale of Adventure on the Amazon (1931), in which boy companions penetrate far upstream in an advanced motorboat, where they find traces of a Lost World. [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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