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Watt-Evans, Lawrence

Working name of US author Lawrence Watt Evans (1954-    ), who began publishing sf in 1975 with "Paranoid Fantasy #1" for American Atheist as Evans, creating his current hyphenated surname in 1979 (at the request of Lester del Rey) to distinguish himself from another Lawrence Evans; he has also written stores as by Walter Vance Awsten and Ties as by Nathan Archer (see Checklist). He has constructed several scripts for Marvel Comics. He has been moderately prolific as a short ...

Worlds of the Universe

UK pocketbook-size Magazine. One undated issue [November] 1953, published by Gould-Light Publishing, London; edited anonymously by its publisher, Norman Light. Contributors of the three negligible stories were John Russell Fearn as Mark Denholm, Thomas W Wade as Manning Stern and John Sylvassey. Copies are rarely seen. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Gann, Ernest K

(1910-1991) US author, usually of thrillers, whose Brain 2000 (1980) is an sf spoof on Ecology, in which the extraction of oil from parts of the world causes gravitational and orbital disturbances. A smart child (see Children in SF) solves all our problems. [JC]

Mitchell, David

(1969-    ) UK author, in Japan 1994-2000, whose work exhibits a thrusting and muscular (but finely tempered) Equipoise among the genres of Fantastika. His first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts (1999), which it would be reductionist to describe as a collection of linked stories, is all the same presented as a set of stories, each of which inhabits a different genre, from chthonic reminiscences of a preternaturally ancient Chinese woman to the Technothriller, from ...

Gibbons, Gavin

(1922-1978) UK publisher and author of both nonfiction and fiction; of the latter, By Space Ship to the Moon: A Tale of Adventure in Outer Space for Boys (1958), a Young Adult tale whose modestly familiar contents are hinted at in the full title. Other titles with a sound of sf – like The Coming of the Space Ships (1956) or They Rode in Space Ships (1957) – are in fact UFO books, and are technically nonfiction. [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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