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Van Dyke, John Henry

(?   -?   ) US author whose self-published Flash sequence of occultish sf novels, comprising The Flash (1927) and Blended Worlds (1927), carries a variegated cast through Western-inflected landscapes, where Secret Masters are met in Underground fastnesses, advanced science is displayed, all within the frame of a plot seemingly designed – though it is not easy to unpack a Godgame understory – to challenge the main protagonists to earn their coming ...

Nayman, Ira

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used to Be (coll 2008), opening the sf Humour sequence The Alternate Reality News Service that continued with What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys (coll 2010); there are further self-published volumes. The lengthier and also humorous Transdimensional Authority series features detective Satire ranging across the many Dimensions of a ...

Zamiatin, Yevgeny

(1884-1937) Russian author who graduated in naval engineering from St Petersburg Polytechnical Institute; his studies were interrupted by participation in the 1905 Revolution as a Bolshevik, prison and deportation (a sentence which was renewed 1911-1913). He began writing in 1908, withdrew from active politics, lectured at the Polytechnic Institute until his emigration, ran foul of the Tsarist censor in 1914, and built icebreakers in the UK 1916-1917. / Zamiatin wrote about forty volumes of ...

Stewart, Alex

(1958-    ) UK editor and author, whose recent fiction has been as by Sandy Mitchell; he began publishing sf with "Seasons Out of Time" for Interzone in Summer 1982, but was initially most active as an editor. Solo he edited Arrows of Eros: Unearthly Tales of Love and Death (anth 1989); with Neil Gaiman he edited the Shared World anthology, Temps (anth 1991), featuring a clutch of Superheroes in modern Britain whom the government occasionally drafts for ill-paid superhero ...

Nations, Opal L

(1941-    ) UK-born author, in Canada for many years, active from the end of the 1960s and beginning to publish work of genre interest with "Juan Fortune" for New Worlds in January 1969. The first of his many 1970s volumes (all short) was Hummi Ground (Part One) (1971 chap). Three of the physically more substantial titles from this period are: 10 Pieces from "The Opal Land of the Angels" (coll 1971 chap), which contains stories whose incessant surrealism incorporates sf ...

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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