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Best, Herbert

(1894-1981) UK-born author, in Nigeria 1919-1932, subsequently in the US though he seems to have returned to Britain late in life; most of his fiction, like Young'un (1944), was written for children. He published one sf novel, The Twenty-Fifth Hour (1940), a Last Man tale in which, after a worldwide Disaster in 1965, the two lone survivors – a North American female and a European male – come together to participate in a Utopia founded in Alexandria, Egypt. [JC] see also: Future ...

Schmidt, Dennis

(1939-2003) US author who restricted himself almost exclusively to series during his short active career; although he began publishing work of genre interest with "Seeker of the Way" for Galaxy in October 1976, the tale was a prelude to the three volumes of the Kensho sequence – Way-Farer (1978), Kensho (1979), Satori (1981) and Wanderer (1985) – which features a protagonist who combines Zen and martial arts in agreeably complex Space-Opera adventures. The Twilight of the Gods ...

Dell Comics

The Comics imprint of Dell Publishing, which began issuing comics in various genres in the 1930s and was active for several decades, being the most successful US comics publisher for a time in the 1950s. Most of Dell's output made use of material licenced from various sources, including Walt Disney Productions, Lone Ranger Inc, Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc and the Walter Lantz Studios. Many of their titles sold a million or more copies per issue in the 1950s, more than any other ...

Severance, Carol

(1944-2015) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Isle of Illusion" for Tales of the Witch World (anth 1987) edited by Andre Norton, an anthology of stories set in Norton's Witch World Shared World. Severance's first novel, Reefsong (1991), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award, features an altered female protagonist (see Genetic Engineering) sent on an interstellar mission by the corporation which controls her destiny. The Island Warrior sequence – ...

Thompson, Donald

(?   -    ) US author of two novels of sf interest: in The Ancient Enemy (1979), civilization is threatened by killer cockroaches (see Horror in SF); and The Next Encounter (1982) features an Invasion of Earth by UFO-based Aliens. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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