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This entry covers some sf depictions of personal flight using strap-on wings, jet packs and other wearable rather than vehicular devices. For discussion of larger flying machines, see Airships, Balloons, Pax Aeronautica and Transportation. For self-levitation by means of Psi Powers, see Telekinesis. / Naive sf and Proto SF visions of flying with mechanical wings generally ignore the difficulties associated with heavier-than-air flight on this small scale, though with occasional hand-waving ...

Milbank, Walter

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) whose Vane's Invention: An Electrical Romance (1888) features the Invention of an electrical Power Source, and much action. [JC]

Curry, E S

(1837-1906) Canadian-born minister and author, who became a US citizen in 1901; his The No-Din: Romance, History and Science of Pre-Historic Races of America and Other Lands (1899) is Prehistoric SF. Somewhat confusedly, 8000 years after the birth of Adam, an Edenic continent in the South Pacific is destroyed by a Comet; the survivors of this Disaster flee far and wide in Airships – including the No-Din itself and eventually colonize "Amurica", "Atlantuz", "Ophur" and other territories. ...

Ward, David

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose Young Adult Perimeter One Adventures series, beginning with Perimeter One Adventures #1: The Misenberg Accelerator (1994), comprises a set of Near Future adventures experienced by the Graham family in the knowledge that God (see Religion) is on their side against various enemies. Ward should not be confused with the David Ward, who is the author of the Grasslands sequence. [JC]

Scalzi, John

(1969-    ) US author and journalist. Born in California, he studied at the University of Chicago (briefly under Saul Bellow) before taking on a career in journalism. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Alien Animal Encounters" in Strange Horizons for 15 October 2001, and soon published his first novel, the Military SF Old Man's War (2005), which had initially been noticed in its 2002 online iteration by Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. / Old Man's ...

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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