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Houghton, Claude

Working name of UK author Claude Houghton Oldfield (1889-1961), known primarily outside the sf field. Unfit for active service in World War One, he served in the Admiralty. Some pining frustration at a missed destiny can be detected in the poems assembled as his first book, The Phantom Host and Other Verses (coll 1917 chap); the Pastoral calm depicted in the titular verse-drama from The Tavern of Dreams: A Volume of Verse (coll 1919 chap) is soon disrupted by a Mysterious Stranger whose war ...

Gordon, Joan

(1947-    ) US editor and academic, currently a professor of English at Nassau Community College in New York, whose writing career began with Joe Haldeman (1980 chap), a serviceable introductory study of the work of Joe Haldeman. Her next book, Gene Wolfe (1986), comprises an early attempt to present the work – up to and including The Book of the New Sun – of perhaps the most difficult of all sf authors to attempt to understand; as he has with subsequent ...

Bodelsen, Anders

(1937-2021) Danish author and journalist, author of many novels of suspense, several translated into English. He began to publish work of sf interest with Villa Sunset ["Villa Sunset"] (1964), a Near-Future tale of Fimbul-Winter and glacial transformation (see Climate Change). Frysepunktet (1969; trans Joan Tate as Freezing Point 1971; vt Freezing Down 1971) is also sf. Its protagonist is incurably sick, and is frozen until he can be cured (see Cryonics). The world to which he awakens, ...

Querry, Simon

(?   -    ) Author, perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Adventures on the Planets (1954 chap), #1 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Querry has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

Powell, Gareth L

(1970-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shadows" in The Rosy Body Cross for 1989, and has published his forceful and populous if sometimes cartoonish shorter work fairly widely, a representative sample being assembled as The Last Reef and Other Stories (coll 2008). He is best known for the Ack-Ack Macaque series – the main sequence comprising Ack-Ack Macaque (2012), which won a BSFA Award for best novel, Hive Monkey (2013) and Macaque ...

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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