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Greer, Gery

(1944-    ) US author, all of whose books have been written in collaboration with her husband, Bob Ruddick; her work is exclusively aimed at the younger end of the Young Adult market, and includes two series, the Max and Me sequence beginning with Max and Me and the Time Machine (1983) with Bob Ruddick, in which a piece of junk turns out to be a time machine that carries young Max (see Time Travel) into medieval England; and the Jason sequence beginning with Jason and the ...

Gerrare, Wirt

Pseudonym of UK weapons expert, journalist and author William Oliver Greener (1862-1935) for most of his work, both fiction and nonfiction, though at least one thriller appeared under his real name. His first novel of genre interest, Rufin's Legacy: A Theosophical Romance (1892), features a Russian female spy who uses her astral body nefariously; Phantasms: Original Stories Illustrating Posthumous Personality and Character (coll 1895) assembles fantasies featuring the exploits of Horace Vesey, ...

Scoville, Samuel, Jr

(1872-1950) US attorney, ornithologist and author, his nonfiction mostly popular books on natural history for younger readers; of his novels, the Boy Scouts sequence (after the first, which is nonfantastic) are of some sf interest: in The Blue Pearl (November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine as "The Boy Scouts in the North; Or, the Blue Pearl"; 1920) the boys find in the far North a Lost Race which allows them – after suitable Scout-like tests – to visit the warm Island at the ...

Willmot, Eric

(1938-2014) Australian author whose Near Future sf novel, Below the Line (1991), describes the consequences of an Indonesian Invasion: Australia is broken into two Dystopias, as most Australians view this outcome, and run on Asian rules. The narrative itself expresses relatively little alarm – Willmot was of Aboriginal birth – and the ending is optimistic. [JC]

Métal Hurlant

French Bedsheet-size, glossy colour Comic-strip sf magazine launched January 1975 by Bernard Farkas, Jean-Pierre Dionnet (1947-    ) and illustrators Jean Giraud and Philippe Druillet; published by Les Humanöids Associées. Conceived as a high-quality showcase for the growing number of French sf artists, Métal Hurlant was an instant success, combining many aspects of sf narrative with particular stress on the erotic, the grotesque and the horrific 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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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