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Daventry, Leonard

(1915-1987) UK author whose first sf novel, A Man of Double Deed (1965), began the Claus Coman series of tales set on an Earth partly recovered from nuclear Disaster and run by telepaths, one of whom, the protagonist, is assigned the task of solving various problems. The sequels, two book-length stories, were published together as Reflections in a Mirage, and The Ticking Is in Your Head (coll 1969) and later appeared separately as Reflections in a Mirage (1969) and The Ticking Is in Your Head ...

Van Zile, Edward S

(1863-1931) US author of some sf interest for two of the tales assembled in A Magnetic Man and Other Stories (coll 1890): the protagonist of "A Magnetic Man", whose various Inventions do nothing to make him liked, learns how to control electricity, which governs affinities; and "Chemical Clairvoyance" features a device capable of recording the backward traces of the future on atoms, thus making Prediction possible. "The Skeleton's Confession", in The Dreamers and Other Poems (coll 1897), is a ...

Denning, Troy

(1958-    ) US author best known for numerous fantasy Ties, mostly in the Dark Sun and Forgotten Realms domains, at least once using the pseudonym or House Name Richard Awlinson for a title in the latter franchise; these are not listed below. Of sf interest are Ties like the Gamebook Combat Command in the World of Keith Laumer's Star Colony: The Omega Rebellion (1987), and several Star Wars Ties, beginning with Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star (2001). [JC]

Berry, John D

(1950-    ) American fan, author, typographer and graphic designer, longtime partner of author Eileen Gunn; he primarily works as an editor, book designer, design writer, and type consultant for software companies, including in the past Microsoft. Almost all of Berry's sf-related writings have appeared in Fanzines, although he published one short story in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's anthology Tales by Moonlight (anth 1983), as well as a number of columns reviewing Fanzines ...

Lewis, Charles Bertrand

(1842-1924) US journalist and author whose career under his own name began before the American Civil War, and who also published as by M Quad, using this name mainly for his humorous work (most notably the Mr Bowser series) and adventure fiction. In Under Five Lakes; Or, the Cruise of the "Destroyer" (1886) as by M Quad a Lost World is discovered in a series of subterranean caverns under the Great Lakes (see Under the Sea) during the American Civil War. [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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