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Wessells, Henry

(1960-    ) US antiquarian bookseller, editor, small press publisher and author who began to publish sf outside the genre with "Virtual Wisdom" for Exquisite Corpse in 1992, a literary journal edited by Andrei Codrescu, and within the genre with "From This Swamp" in The Starry Wisdom (anth 1994) edited by D M Mitchell. In 1993, he encountered the work of Avram Davidson and began to compile bibliographical information relating to Davidson, whom Wessells never met. His lists ...

Bessière, Richard

(1923-2011) French author of much sf, initially as F Richard-Bessière, then as Richard-Bessière, finally under his name properly spelled; and spy thrillers as by F-H Ribes. Series of works not yet translated – little of his work has appeared in English – include the Conquérants de l'Universe ["Conquerors Of The Universe"] a Fantastic Voyage sequence of Space Operas, beginning with Les Conquérants de l'Universe ["Conquerors Of The Universe"] (1951) in ...

Bigg, Henry Robert Heather

(1853-1911) UK medical doctor and author of The Human Republic (1891), whose protagonist miniaturizes himself (see Miniaturization) into a white corpuscle; this conveyance then guides him through the Utopian landscape of the human body, which Bigg thinks of as a Republic. [JC]

McKinney, Jack

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian C Daley and James Luceno for a series of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures; also for the unrelated Black Hole Travel Agency sequence, about the threatened use of Earth as an amusement park for Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Jones, Margaret

(?   -    ) UK author and lecturer in human communication studies. In The Day They Put Humpty Together Again (1968; vt Transplant 1968) prosthetic-surgery techniques are used to wire an artist's head to a criminal's libidinous torso. Through the Budgerigar (1970) is a Satirical fantasy. [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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