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Waltermire, Beecher W

(1858-1932) US lawyer and author, father of the weird fiction author Arthur B Waltermire (1888-1938); he is of some sf interest for The Adventure of a Skeleton: A Tale of Natural Gas (1890), whose abnormally thin protagonist manages to slip down an oil well into the Hollow Earth, where he finds a fantasy-tinged world, and has adventures there. [JC]

Daniels, Norman A

The main pseudonym of US Pulp author Norman A Danberg (1905-1995), who was extremely prolific from about 1931 in a wide range of magazines, concentrating on detective thrillers under various names, including John L Benton, the House Name Will Garth, Frank Johnson, the house name Kenneth Robeson and C K M Scanlon. As Wallace Brooker he wrote the Captain John Fury, the Skipper sequence in The Skipper from December 1936 and later in Doc Savage magazine from 1937 to 1943; Fury captains a seemingly ...

Funnell, Augustine

(1952-    ) Canadian author whose two sf novels, Brandyjack (1976) and its sequel, Rebels of Merka (1976) – the only titles published by Laser Books actually to have been written by a Canadian – were, as required by that firm, unremarkable Space Operas. In the 1980s Funnell began to publish short fiction in US magazines, remaining active into the early 1990s. [JC]

Oberth, Hermann

(1894-1989) Austro-Hungarian born German engineer and physicist, in his early years much influenced by the work of Jules Verne. He is of great importance in the theory and development of Rocket science from as early as 1917, and his (rejected) doctoral thesis – Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ["The Rocket into Interplanetary Space"] (1923 chap; exp vt Wege zur Raumschiffahrt ["Ways to Spaceflight"] 1929) – directly inspired the founding of the Verein für Raumschiffahrt ...

Vess, Charles

(1951-    ) American artist. After receiving a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973, Vess briefly worked in animation before moving to New York City in 1977 to do illustrations for National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and other clients. Yet he displayed a natural talent for illustrating works of Fantasy by producing a number of paintings for a 1977 edition of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) while also writing and illustrating his own fantasy novel, The ...

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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