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Meik, Vivian

(1894-1955) Indian-born engineer and author, in active service during World War One, during which he was wounded at least once; in UK during his adult life until 1947, then in USA. The Geoffrey Aylett sequence beginning with Devils' Drums (coll of linked stories 1933) is primarily supernatural, with an occult tinge, though verging at point into Horror in SF. His only singleton, The Curse of Red Shiva (1936), is a Yellow Peril tale. Nemesis over Hitler (1941) is nonfiction. [JC]

Banks, Michael A

Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" for Asimov's in March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel ...

Waberi, Abdourahman A

(1965-    ) Djiboutian journalist and author, mostly in France from around 1985; Le Pays sans ombre (coll 1994; trans Jeanne Garane as The Land Without Shadows 2005) assembles nonfantastic stories set in his native land. He is of sf interest for Aux États-Unis d'Afrique: Roman (2006; trans David and Nicole Ball as In the United States of Africa 2009), an Alternate World tale whose history (there is no Jonbar Point) is in a sense a mirror reversal of our own. The flow ...

Weather Control

The human dream of controlling the weather is an old one. It appears in Proto SF in Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1759), in the unreliable words of a Mad Scientist astronomer: "I have possessed, for five years, the regulation of weather, and the distribution of seasons: the sun has listened to my dictates, and passed, from tropick to tropick, by my direction; the clouds, at my call have poured their waters...." / Jane Loudon's anonymously published The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second ...

Csicsery-Ronay, Istvan

(1950-    ) US teacher, editor, academic and critic, with DePauw University from 1983, full professor from 1997; he initially signed his name Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr, but began not to do so after the death of his father Istvan Csicsery-Ronay (1917-1990), also an author, who published in Hungarian. His overall involvement in sf, over and above his teaching activities, may be divided into two broad categories: his work as an editor, particularly as a founding editor of ...

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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