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Rogers, Michael

(1950-    ) US author and rock critic whose first-published sf story was "She Still Do" as by M Alan Rogers, for If in 1970. His first sf novel, Mindfogger (1973), features a hippy intellectual whose mind-fogging Invention acts as a gentle hallucinogen, though the use to which he puts it is against an armaments company; we are left wondering if hip mind control is preferable to mind control by right-wing ...

Conrad, Earl

(1912-1986) US author, fairly prolific and sometimes controversial. His sf comprises a Near-Future novel, The Premier (1963), in which a Black segregationist creates a separatist Black state in Western America; and a collection of short stories, The Da Vinci Machine: Tales of the Population Explosion (coll of linked stories 1969), set in various futures postulated (and perhaps brought into being) by the eponymous machine. [JC]

Kelsey, Franklyn

(?   -?   ) UK author of the James Armitage series of Young Adult tales, all featuring Lost Worlds; the first two were originally broadcast on Radio, each in several instalments, in 1934 and 1935: The Island in the Mist (1937) is set on a secluded Island in the South Pacific, whose inhabitants, descendants of the long-lost ...

Churchill, David

(?   -    ) UK author of Young Adult sf novels including It, Us, and the Others (1978), whose young protagonists discover an Alien underwater, and Not My World (1980). He may be the David Churchill credited with the teleplay for the 1986 four-part miniseries presentation of Mervyn Peake's Mr Pye (1953). [JC]

Lewisohn, Ludwig

(1882-1955) German-born translator, editor and author, in the US from 1890, who began writing work of genre interest with "The Cave of the Glittering Lamps" for All-Story in October-December 1910, a Lost Race tale set Underground. Of his many novels, Trumpet of Jubilee (1937), a tale about Hitler's Germany that ends in a Future War, is of sf interest. ...

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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