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Delmont, Joseph

Pseudonym or legal name of Austrian film director and author born Karl Pyck or Pick (1873-1935), involved in film work in America between 1903 and 1910, and a director of silent films from 1910 to about 1925 in Austria and elsewhere, only turning to writing in the 1920s. There is some possibility that Delmont translated at least some of his own works into English. Sf novels include Die Stadt unter dem Meer (1925; trans anon as The Submarine City ...

Binder, Jack

Working name of Yanos [John] Ronald Binder (1902-1988), US illustrator born in Austria-Hungary, brother of Earl and Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), in the USA from 1910; he sometimes signed his artwork as Binder only. He was active for seven years in the Pulp magazines, illustrating some 130 stories and serial instalments, beginning with black-and-white interior artwork for four stories in Weird Tales for ...

O'Donnell, Kevin, Jr

(1950-2012) US author with a BA in Chinese Studies who spent several years in the Far East. His first published sf was "The Hand Is Quicker" (October 1973 Analog), and over fifty short stories followed before the turn of the century. His first novel, Bander Snatch (1979), curiously blends pulp Clichés and real inventiveness in its tale of a ghetto mobster who has telepathic powers and learns to use them ...

Niswonger, Charles Elliott

(1868-1918) US author of a Lost Race novel set on the Island of Feminine (see Islands), where women are Immortal and men (few in number) are slaves; the ship-wrecked narrator becomes enamoured with the Island's queen, who dies when she requites his love, as immortality and Sex do not mix. The island sinks. [JC]

Cloaking Device

Term for an Invisibility screen used by Spaceships, popularized by Star Trek. It first appears as a Romulan Invention in the original-series episode "Balance of Terror" (1966), and continues to be used by Romulans and later Klingons (though not, for treaty reasons, the USS Enterprise itself) in later Star Trek incarnations. [DRL]

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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