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Batchelor, John M

(?   -?   ) US author whose nonfantastic novel, A Strange Conflict (1888), is directly sequeled by A Strange People (1888), a Lost Race tale set in the depths of Mexico where tourists discover a hidden world inhabited by Robot (or robot-like) giants (see Great and Small). They are long-lived bronze Telepathic figures who have created a Utopia, clearly based on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), but in this case made real through pure mental power. They send ...

Hunter, Norman

(1899-1995) UK professional conjuror and author for children and Young Adult readers first active before World War Two, his publishing career having begun with Simplified Conjuring for All (1923); during a sojourn in South Africa, from 1949 to 1970, he wrote nothing. He began publishing work of genre interest with a humorous fairy tale, "The Bad Barons of Crashbania" (in Number Nine Joy Street, anth 1931, ed Michael Lynn), and began his classic Children's SF series about the slightly screwloose ...

Barley, Michael

(1939-    ) UK-born architect and author, in Canada from 1948, whose first novel, Jackal Bird (1995), complexly analyses the political, scientific and personal implications for a colony planet called Isurus of a long Terraforming programme; although the first wave of human expansion through the galaxy had foundered on the lack of a Faster Than Light drive, the compulsion to create a world congenial to humans has continued to shape life on Isurus for generations, as ...

Carr, Terry

(1937-1987) US author and editor; married to Carol Carr from 1961 until his death. He became an sf fan in 1949 and, throughout the 1950s (and later), enjoyed a long and prolific career as such; one of his Fanzines, Fanac, co-edited with Ron Ellik, won a Hugo in 1959, and Carr eventually won his second Hugo as Best Fan Writer in 1973. Some of this writing was assembled as The Incompleat Terry Carr, Volume 1 (coll 1972 chap), Fandom Harvest (coll 1986), Between Two Worlds (coll 1986 chap dos) ...

Campbell, Hazel

(?   -?   ) UK author of adventure thrillers, one of which is of direct sf interest. The eponymous servants in The Servants of the Goddess (1928), a Lost Race tale set in the Himalayas, are an enslaved race of subhumans (see Apes as Human) who mine for gold and serve as soldiers. The Secret Brotherhood (1929) is a supernatural adventure set in India. [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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