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Harben, Will N

(1858-1919) US author, most of whose work variously depicts life in the South, though at least three are detective novels featuring the sleuth Minard Hendricks. In the Year Ten Thousand (November 1892 Arena; 1917 chap) is a Utopian tale whose ancient narrator describes life in 2320, after vegetarianism fixes the Homo sapiens body, and 4051, after Telepathy fixes our souls; ...

Clothier, Bob

(1921-1999) Canadian artist who, after serving in World War Two, graduated in architecture from the University of British Columbia and then lived in the UK for some years. While there he did ten covers for New Worlds and several for Nebula Science Fiction, plus copious interior work for both of these magazines and for Science Fantasy; his ...

Macleod, Joseph Gordon

(1903-1984) UK barrister, poet, broadcaster and author, whose sf Satire, Overture to Cambridge: A Satirical Story (1936), based on his own unpublished play, eschews the Modernist bent of his poetry in its unpacking of the vision of a Utopian Britain – based insecurely on the writings of Aldous Huxley – that comes to a revolutionary orator in ...

Roth, Edward

(1826-1911) UK-born teacher and translator, in US from around 1845; his four translations of novels by Jules Verne are generally thought to have been the worst of a very mixed lot, but survived in reprint form well into the twentieth-century. [JC]

Hopkins, Seward W

(1863-1919) US author of magazine adventure tales for journals like Argosy, and of two Lost Race titles: In the China Sea: A Novel (1894), which locates an advanced hidden civilization just inland from the sea in question, and depicts a Future War consequential upon its discovery; and Two Gentlemen of Hawaii: A Novel (anth 1894), which also climaxes in Eastern waters. ...

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 ...

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