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(? - ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The Time of the Hedrons (1968), an unremarkable sf adventure. [JC]
(1927-1992) US physicist, at Princeton University from 1954 until his death, whose popular-science book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space (1977) argues strongly for the construction of Space Habitats, either in Earth orbit or at one of the stable Lagrange Points of our Earth/Moon system – especially L5. His arguments aroused great interest among would-be space colonists, and were influential in shaping sf views of space exploration in the Near Future. [DRL]
(? - ) US author of American Reich (1985), a Near Future tale of political Paranoia in which elements of the American military with neo-Nazi connections take over the government. [JC]
(1838-1914) US author whose Utopia, Hiero-Salem: The Vision of Peace [for full title see Checklist below] (1889), presents spiritualist doctrines within an sf frame: the eponymous communitarian settlement in Wisconsin is inhabited by the "dualized", human beings who have shed all male or female characteristics (see Feminism; Gender). Mason's later works – most vividly An Episode in the Doings of the Dualized (1898) – promulgate the wisdom of this androgyny. [JC]
Pseudonym of US author Nelson Tremaine (1907-1971), author under that name of a number of stories in Astounding Science-Fiction from July 1935 to January 1939, plus "Wanted: 7 Fearless Engineers!" (February 1939 Amazing). "The Blue-Men of Yrano" (January 1939 Astounding) is probably the best remembered. His brother, F Orlin Tremaine, wrote at least one van Lorne story. [MJE]
(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 ...