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LoBrutto, Pat

Working name of Patrick J LoBrutto (1948-    ), US editor and publisher initially at Ace Books, where he worked on the mid-1970s second series of Ace Specials and with Forrest J Ackerman co-edited scores of issues of the translated Perry Rhodan paperback magazine from 1974 to 1978. He has also worked at Doubleday (1977-1989) – ...

Vivian, E Charles

Working name of UK editor and author of popular fiction (1882-1947), born Charles Henry Cannell but apparently changing his name legally to Evelyn Charles Henry Vivian on joining the army at the age of 18, though he wrote some non-genre novels as Charles Cannell, and some short fiction as by Sydney Barrie Lynd, Galbraith Nicolson and A K Walton. Some of that short fiction – including "The Fourth Arm (War in the Clouds): a Strange Story" (August 1915 ...

Swift, Jonathan

(1667-1745) Irish satirist, cleric and poet, dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, from 1713, who began publishing with the relatively innocuous Ode: to the King on his Irish Expedition (1691 chap), but who soon composed A Tale of a Tub [for subtitle see Checklist] (1704) anonymous, written almost a decade before it was published. The book incorporated a second Satire, usually called today "The Battle of the Books", which used the imagery ...

Stab, Martin J

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Eden-459 (2002), based on the premise that after the 1947 UFO landings in Roswell Aliens have infiltrated human society; as the story develops, with Earth being threatened by an Asteroid, the children of these aliens are locked into a one-way voyage to another planet, with consequences for the entire galaxy. [JC]

Gier, Scott G

(1948-    ) US author of a military sf series, the Genellan sequence – comprising Genellan: Planetfall (1995), Genellan: In the Shadow of the Moon (1996), Genellan: First Victory (1997) and Genellan: Earth Siege (2005) – in which an First Contact between a gingerly expansionist humanity and a mysterious Alien race called the Ulaggi ends in ...

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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