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Balint, Emery

(1892-1982) US painter and author of Hungarian origins; it is not known if he himself emigrated from Hungary, as his first novel, the phantasmagoric Alpha (trans Louis Rittenberg 1927), may have been translated from manuscript. His sf novel is Don't Inhale It! (1949), in which a nuclear test accidentally splits Earth in sparring planetoids; Satire is intended. [JC]

Held, Serge

(1892-1969) Ukrainian-born French consulting engineer and author of La Mort du Fer (1931; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Death of Iron" [September-December 1932 Wonder Stories]), a Disaster tale – a mysterious virus destroys all iron in the world – which leads to a confused collapse of civilization (see Holocaust; Post-Holocaust). [JC]

Yamada Masaki

(1950-    ) Immensely prolific Japanese crime and sf author, who first became involved in the genre while studying economics at Meiji University. His debut work, the Seiun Award-winning novella "Kamigari" ["Godhunting"] (July 1974 S-F Magazine; fixup as Ryūhyō Minzoku ["Ice Tribes"] 1976), aped Ryō Hanmura in suggesting that the divinities and Supernatural Creatures of ancient Mythology were forerunners of modern Secret Masters and Pariah Elites. He would ...

Mistral, Bengo

A House Name of the London-based Gannet Press, used for Norman A Lazenby's The Brains of Helle (fixup 1953) and for two other novels: Pirates of Cerebus (fixup 1953) by B Ward, based on Ward's stories in John Spencer magazines (see Badger Books); and Space Flight 139 (1954), whose author has not been identified. [JC/DRL]

Kerr, Artemus P

(1851-?1901) US author of a spoof sf Satire, The Lost Tribes and the Land of Nod: An Original Natural Gas Story (1897 chap), whose narrator, after a Fantastic Voyage to an Island where he finds a Lost World containing the Lost Tribes of Israel and starts an industrial revolution. [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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