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Hart, Edward

(1854-1931) US chemist, editor of The Journal of Analytical and Applied Chemistry from 1882 through 1901, and author of The Silica Gel Pseudomorph and Other Stories (coll 1924), which assembles stories with a real or fantasticated relationship to chemistry; in the title story, for instance, a pirate in Suspended Animation turns out to have been transformed into a transparent gel. The stories are mostly amusing. [JC]

McCauley, Kirby

(1941-2014) US literary agent, influential fan and editor; he very early on represented several clients, including Stephen King and George R R Martin, who later became extremely successful; both have acknowledged his influence on their careers. Although his professional focus was always on fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF), McCauley's taste as an editor was catholic, beginning with the intelligently assembled Night Chills: Stories of Suspense and Horror (anth 1975), whose release coincided ...

Namlook, Pete

(1960-2012) Prolific German composer and performer of instrumental electronica. Namlook has released scores and perhaps even hundreds of albums under a wide variety of pseudonyms, and many of them style themselves as sf. Some of the more notable of these releases include The Fires of Ork (1994) and The Fires of Ork Part II (2007, both with Geir Jenssen of Biosphere), an unauthorized sequel-album to Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express entitled Trance Europe Express Part II: Escape to Mars (1994), ...

Schmid, Susan Maupin

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Lost Time (2008), which is set on another planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), traces the plight of its young protagonist, for the disappearance of her archaeologist parents is tied to the past of the conquered world, to the time-travelling (see Time Travel) aboriginal Croon, and to the other Aliens who inhabit it. The story is complicated, but is at point diffuse. [JC]

Woodman, George

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Heretic (written circa 1938; 1963), a Dystopia where scientific progress has crippled the emotional life of the inhabitants of the new regime. [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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