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Ballinger, William S

(1912-1980) US screenwriter (10 scripts between 1954 and 1974) and author who has also signed his books Bill S Ballinger (but who should not be confused with W A Ballinger, a House Name used by W Howard Baker and Wilfred McNeilly); he also published books as by Frederic Freyer and B X Sanborn. His work in radio, film and television was relatively successful (he won an Edgar Award ...

Drummond, Bill

(1953-    ) South-Africa born singer-songwriter, artist and author, in Scotland from infancy; for his musical partnership with Jimmy Cauty, see that entry. He is of sf interest for 2023: A Trilogy (2017) with Cauty, writing together as by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, which reconfigures the gonzo Paranoias of the original Illuminatus books by Robert Shea and ...

Edelman, Maurice

(1911-1975) Welsh politician, Labour member of Parliament from 1945 to 1975, and author in various genres, whose A Call on Kuprin (1959) sets a strongly conceived drama of Near Future science and politics in Russia; as a play, it had a successful Broadway run in 1961. [JC]

Vivian, Herbert

(1865-1940) UK editor, journalist, historian and author, who wrote one book as by Jim Crow. The Book of Revelations of Jim Crow (coll 1912) as by Jim Crow contains Satirical nonfiction articles, some fantasticated. The Lamentations of a New Jeremiah: Translated out of the Original Tongues [for full title see Checklist below] (?1926) is a Near Future Satire against socialism. / ...

Van Dyke, John Henry

(?   -?   ) US author whose self-published Flash sequence of occultish sf novels, comprising The Flash (1927) and Blended Worlds (1927), carries a variegated cast through Western-inflected landscapes, where Secret Masters are met in Underground fastnesses, advanced science is displayed, all within the frame of a plot seemingly designed – though it is not easy ...

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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