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Goldberg, Marshall

(1930-2005) US physician, teacher and author (sometimes as Marshall Goldberg, M D) of medical thrillers, some of which move into the Near Future, including Disposable People (1980) with Kenneth Kay, about a disease which suddenly ravages America, and Nerve (1981). He should not be confused with his father, the football player Marshall Goldberg (1917-2006). [JC]

Helfer, Andrew

(1958-    ) US Comics editor and creator, and author of Ties including Indiana Jones and the Cup of the Vampire (1984), a Find Your Fate Adventure book, Superman, The Man of Steel (1984) and Supergirl, the Girl of Steel (1984), both of them in the Which-Way-Books – Superpowers sequence. [JC]

Duffield, John William

(1859-1946) US bookseller, publisher, and author, in the latter capacity working mostly for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, for which he published at least 115 stories, usually book-length, under various names. As Franklin W Dixon, he wrote the nonfantastic Ted Scott Flying Series, based closely on the life of Charles A Lindbergh (1902-1974) (see Airplane Boys) and as by Richard H Stone the similar Slim Tyler Air Stories [neither series is listed below]. As Allen Chapman, he wrote the first 12 (or ...

Godlike

Role Playing Game (2002). Arc Dream Publishing (ADP). Designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze. / Godlike is a Superhero game set in an alternate version of World War Two, in which "Talents" with superhuman powers exist, but are not much more powerful than ordinary humans. The result is a grim and gritty setting where the players are bigger than life, but the war is larger than them; character deaths are frequent, and nothing they do is likely to significantly affect the course of the ...

Lambert, Derek

(1929-2001) UK journalist and author who specialized in political thrillers, and, writing as Richard Falkirk, in the nonfantastic Bow Street Runner sequence of proto-policiers set in the early nineteenth century. He is of sf interest for The Memory Man (1979) whose protagonist, after coming to life after death (see Reincarnation), feels he has found a land to explore; and for The Red Dove (1982), a Near Future Technothriller about the defection of a Russian cosmonaut to the United States. ...

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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