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McInnes, Graham

(1912-1970) UK-born film producer (for the National Film Board of Canada), diplomat (in the Canadian Department of External Affairs) and author, in Australia from 1920, in Canada after 1934; son of the novelist Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) – another son of hers was Colin MacInnes (1914-1976), who spelt his surname thus. Most of McInnes's work is not sf, but Lost Island: An Adventure (1954) is a Lost-Race story, in which a Canadian aviator crashlands on an Edenic Island originally ...

Bywater, Hector Charles

(1884-1940) UK journalist and author of influential works on the military applications of sea-power, and of a Future War novel on the same theme, The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 (1925), which quite remarkably predicts a massive Japanese surprise attack and early triumphs, and an ultimate American victory, the latter due in large part to an inexhaustible supply of energy, once the American navy began to shorten its extended supply lines through an ...

Bradley, Jack

(?1903-?   ) US author known only for The Torch of Ra (1930 chap), a Near Future tale contributed to Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series, in which a terrorist organization attempts to destroy New York with a Ray that melts buildings. [JC]

Nielsen, Cliff

(?   -    ) American artist, frequently credited as Cliff Nielson, ex-husband of artist Terese Nielsen. He presumably met and married Terese Nielsen while they were both studying at Pasadena's noted Art Center College of Design, and they collaborated on the Marvel Comics miniseries Ruins (1995) before divorcing. Nielsen has since worked very energetically to produce large numbers of book covers, mostly for Young Adult sf and for books set in franchised ...

Meeker, Nathan Cook

(1817-1879) US journalist with the New York Tribune; developer who, backed by his editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872), founded the Union Colony in the Colorado Territory on Utopian lines; and Indian Agent for the federal government, in which capacity he was killed by Utes driven to that extremity by his insistence that they take up farming and observe the Christian Religion; and author. He is of sf interest for his Lost Race tale, Life and Adventures of Capt. Jacob D Armstrong (1852 chap) ...

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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