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Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Hennessey, John David

(1847-1935) UK-born Australian minister and author, two of whose books are of sf interest: in An Australian Bush Track (1896; vt The Bush Track: A Story of the Australian Bush 1913) an ancient Lost Race of exiles from Asia are discovered in the outback of Australia, where they inhabit a kind of Lemuria called Zoo-Zoo land after a giant snake; The Lost Identity (1897) is fantasy. [JC]

Levine, David D

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "1992 the Worldcon That Wasn't" in Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (anth 1996) edited by Mike Resnick. He won a Hugo for "Tk'tk'tk" (March 2005 Asimov's), a slick tale about a salesman having trouble on an Alien planet that demonstrated Levine's familiarity with the tropes of sf Satire with a smile; similarly reminiscential was The Tale of the Golden Eagle (2004 ebook chap), a baroque ...

Orbit Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, published by Hanro Corp, New York; edited by Jules Saltman. Five issues [Fall] 1953 to November/December 1954, the first two undated. All stories were chosen by Donald A Wollheim, uncredited. Orbit Science Fiction was a middling-quality magazine that fell victim to the inundation of the market with too many sf magazines in the early 1950s. A story in the Tex Harrigan series by August Derleth appeared in every issue, and #4 (September-October 1954) contained "Adjustment ...

Bedford, David

(1937-2011) UK composer and musician. Best known for his collaborations with Mike Oldfield – for instance his orchestral version of Tubular Bells (The Orchestral Tubular Bells, 1974) – Bedford was also a skilled composer of popular and avant-garde classical music. His Star Clusters, Nebulae and Places in Devon (1971), scored for two eight-part choirs with a five horn brass group, is low key, unstrained and haunting. Other albums evince a recurring astronomical fascination: The Sword ...

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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