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Defoe, Daniel

(1660-1731) UK merchant, professional spy and man of letters born Daniel Foe, becoming Defoe in the 1690s after he began to write; the extremely prolific author of many works of various kinds under a variety of names (once estimated to exceed 200 in number), though the huge canon of unsigned and pseudonymous works once attributed to him has been convincingly diminished to somewhere slightly in excess of 300 titles in all. He is best known today for his novel The Life and Strange Surprizing ...

Eberhard, Frederick G

(1889-1944) US author of crime thrillers, active in the 1930s; though all of his work is sensationalist, the tale closest to genuine sf is The Microbe Murders (1935), which touches on reanimation and invokes a Drug with strange powers. [JC]

Ward, Richard Heron

(1910-1969) UK actor, playwright, director, broadcaster and author, active from the early 1930s, some of whose nonfiction is of interest, including The Powys Brothers: A Study (1935), whose subjects include John Cowper Powys, and A Drug-Taker's Notes (1957) as R H Ward, a strongly analytic description of the effects of LSD use (see Drugs). He is of sf interest for The Sun Shall Rise (1935), set in a Near Future Britain under the yoke of a fascist Dystopia. [JC]

Tabler, Joseph

(1949-    ) US abody surfer, bookseller and author, based for all his activities in California; he ran the well-known Joseph Tabler Books in San Diego 1989-1999. Of his thrillers, three have some sf interest: Capitol Hill Clones (1981), a political Satire involving a scatty use of Clones; The Microwave Caper (1981), in which a mysterious Ray fries its victims; and The Meteoric Affair (1982). [JC]

Lipsyte, Robert

(1938-    ) US journalist and author, mostly of nonfantastic tales, often with sporting themes; father of Sam Lipsyte. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Redman" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for September 1964, with Thomas Rogers; but only returned to the fantastic with The Twinning Project sequence beginning with "The Twinning Project" (2012), a Young Adult series set in a Space Opera environment, with adventures, Parallel Worlds, Aliens, ...

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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