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Roth, Edward

(1826-1911) UK-born teacher and translator, in US from around 1845; his four translations of novels by Jules Verne are generally thought to have been the worst of a very mixed lot, but survived in reprint form well into the twentieth-century. [JC]

Easton, Thomas A

(1944-    ) US critic, author and biology teacher (he holds a PhD in theoretical biology) who is best known for the Reference Library book-review column he wrote for Analog from 1979 to 2008, where he covered a wide range of titles with strict fairness, though he was not often granted the room to delve deep; a selection of 250 individual reviews from the 1980s and 1990s was assembled as Periodic Stars (coll 1997). His first story was "Next" for Adam in 1974, and he has since ...

Kavanagh, John Patrick

(1950-    ) US author of Sixers (1989; vt Camden's Knife 2014), a Near Future sf thriller set at the turn of the millennium; it revolves around the mystery of the eponymous sixers, young people immune to an opportunistic disease (see Medicine). The sequel in the Macroglint series is Weekend in Prism (2016), with a third volume projected. [JC/DRL]

Hill, William Boyle

(circa 1861-1953) Irish author, resident in Australia, whose novel A New Earth and a New Heaven (1936) is of exceedingly moderate sf interest for its advocacy of a garden-city subtopian future (see City), but which comes somewhat to life on its protagonists' visit to a Lost World – in the heart of Australia – whose inhabitants are in touch with Mars. [JC]

Menick, Jim

(?   -    ) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Lingo (1991), about the coming to self-awareness of a Computer; once Lingo has gained AI status, megalomania looms. Disguised as an Android, he/it decides to run for the American presidency. There are some laboured moments. [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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