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Engebretson, David

(1964-    ) US critic. Apart from a handful of reviews published 1984-1985, Engebretson is known for two works of Stephen King scholarship written in collaboration with Michael R Collings: The Shorter Works of Stephen King (1985), which contains original essays by the two authors, and The Stephen King Concordance (1986). [CPa]

Fantasy Book

1. US Semiprozine issued initially in letter-size for two issues and then various Digest-size formats. Eight undated issues published between July 1947 and January 1951; irregular. Published by Fantasy Publishing Company Inc; edited by Garret Ford (pseudonym of William L Crawford). Fantasy Book was generally an undistinguished and erratic magazine. Some issues appeared in three different editions with different covers. Fantasy Book is best remembered for publishing "The People of the Crater" ...

Daniel, F E

(1839-1914) US medical doctor, publisher, teacher and author; he served in the American Civil War as a surgeon, and among other positions served as President of the American Congress on Tuberculosis, 1905-1906. Of sf interest is his one novel, The Strange Case of Dr Bruno (1906), which describes the Invention of a Drug capable of putting subjects into Suspended Animation, thus offering them a form of Immortality. [JC]

Gay, Anne

(1952-    ) UK teacher and author, married to Stan Nicholls (1949-    ), who began publishing sf with "Wishbone" in Gollancz-Sunday Times Best SF Stories (anth 1987) edited anonymously; she has used her married name Anne Nicholls for later short fiction. Her first novel, Mindsail (1990) – like all her works it is a Planetary Romance – promisingly describes an alien planet to which the passengers of a crashed human Starship have had to adjust, ...

Dey, Frederick Van Rensselaer

(1861-1922) US lawyer and author who began to write fiction as early as 1881 under various names, and as Chickering Carter – see under that name for further details – was a central contributor to, and almost certainly the best author to be involved in, the Nick Carter series (see Nick Carter), writing at least 400 stories of varying length for the sequence. He also wrote stories, of various kinds, as by Rose Beckman, Marmaduke Dey, Frederick Ormund, Dirck Van Doren, Varick Venardy, ...

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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