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Cole, Myke

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shouting Down the Moon" in The Book of Final Flesh (anth 2003) edited by James Lowder, which appeared more or less simultaneously with his first novel, Car Trouble (2003), a Tie to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence. He is of sf interest for the Equipoisal Shadow Ops series comprising Control Point (2012) – which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award ...

Brack, Vektis

A House Name used on three sf novels for Gannet Press of London in the early 1950s. The author or authors responsible for the first two are not identified: The "X" People (1953), which concerns an Alien Invasion, and Castaway from Space (1953), about an alien crashlanding, are both unremarkable; as is Odyssey in Space (1953), which concerns Space Stations. The last is insecurely identified as being by Leslie Humphrys, who also wrote as Bruno G Condray. [SH]

Dath, Dietmar

(1970-    ) German editor and author, active from the mid-1990s (see Germany since 1990). Several of his earlier novels contain homages to sf, though sometimes remotely: Am Blinden Ufer ["On the Blind Side"] (2000) alludes within an apocalyptic frame to H P Lovecraft and Michael Moorcock; and Dirac (2006) is an historical/contemporary story attempt to recreate the life – but not quite the actual presence – of the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984). More directly ...

Caillou, Alan

Pseudonym of UK-born soldier, actor, screenwriter and author Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe (1914-2006) who lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and Canada before moving to the US late in life; he was awarded an MBE (Civil Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in 1938 for his work in Palestine, and an MC (Military Cross) 1944 for his work with partisans in Yugoslavia. As Alan Caillou he wrote adventure thrillers from 1955, and as Alex Webb from 1985. A Caillou novel, Alien Virus (1957), has ...

Cameron, Berl

A House Name used for sf novels published by Curtis Warren and written by John S Glasby (always in collaboration with Arthur Roberts), Brian Holloway, Denis Hughes and David O'Brien. The latter's International Research Council Future History [see Checklist] has a further volume as by Kris Luna. [JC/DRL]

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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