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Bower, B M

Pseudonym of US author Bertha Muzzy Bower Sinclair (1871-1940), who specialized in Westerns like Chip of the Flying U (1906); her one novel of sf interest, The Adam Chasers (1927), places an archaeologist – an "Adam chaser" – in Nevada, where hieroglyphics are found, along with the remains of eight-foot-tall men, all suggesting that Homo sapiens originated in the American West (see ...

Allingham, Margery

(1904-1966) UK author, daughter of H J Allingham, best known for the long-running Albert Campion sequence of detective novels beginning with The Crime at Black Dudley (1929; vt The Black Dudley Murder 1930) and ending with The Mind Readers (1965). A further volume was completed after her death by her husband Philip Youngman Carter, who continued the series with two solo ...

Weil, Josh

(1976-    ) US author whose first work was a nonfantastic collection, The New Valley: Novellas (coll 2009); his first novel, The Great Glass Sea (2014), should probably be thought in terms of Fantastika broadly conceived rather than primarily as sf. Though it is technically set not in a vague very Near Future but rather in an Alternate History ...

Branley, Franklyn M

(1915-2002) US scientist and author, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, 1968-1972. Most of his approximately 200 works of nonfiction, many of them concerning Astronomy and Space Flight, were written for the Young Adult market [see highly selected list below]. His one sf novel, the Young Adult ...

Noyes, P J

(1844-?   ) US author whose collection of spoofish tales about the medical profession, Why Doctor Dobson Became a Quack and Other Stories (coll 1910), contains several sf stories, at least on of which involves out-of-contro Inventions. Parker Jewitt Noyes should not be confused with Parker Jewett Noyes (1842-1912), an eminent druggist. [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 ...

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