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Kastel, Warren

Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories by Chester S Geier and possibly others 1948-1950, and by Robert Silverberg in 1957. According to Geier, "Kastel" began as a pseudonym which he used for collaborations with his friend William L Hamling. [JC/MA] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Ma Boyong

(1980-    ) Chinese author whose narratives walk an entertaining line between fiction and fact, such as Chudian de Diguo ["The Empire of Electric Shocks"] (2012), a nonfiction account of the adoption of the telegraph, published by a university press, which nevertheless has a sensationalist verve and clear-cut parallels with the rise of the modern Internet. Many of his books are presented as fanciful reworkings of History in SF, either in relatively straight form, such as his ...


US Semiprozine published in letter-size format by Unique Graphics, Oakland, California and edited by Millea Kenin. Five issues, undated, from early 1981 to Spring 1986, though the final issue appeared three years after the previous. It bore the subtitle "Alternative Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy", as it sought to be a market for those stories that found no home elsewhere. Most of the stories were, in fact, fantasy or supernatural, and most of the science fiction imagery emerged in ...

Allan, Mea

(1909-1982) Scottish journalist – she was best-known as war correspondent and columnist for the Daily Herald – and author in whose Near Future novel, Change of Heart (1943), World War Two has been won by the Allies, but peace is threatened by a resurgence of Nazism. [JC]

Weinland, David Friedrich

(1829-1915) German zoologist and author, whose Rulaman. Erzählung aus der Zeit des Höhlenmenschen und des Höhlenbären ["Rulaman: A Nature-Historical Tale from the Time of the Cave-man and the Cave-bear"] (1878), is an early example of Prehistoric SF, whose eponymous protagonist, a caveman, first resists a better-armed usurping culture from the east, though the allures of Exogamy and Sex cause him to become part of the new world. [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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