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Mendelsohn, Felix, Jr

(1906-1990) US author of two unremarkable comic sf novels, Club Tycoon Sends Man to Moon (1965) and Superbaby (1969). The former, in its spoofing of the space race (see Space Flight), sometimes scores an amusing point; the latter similarly spoofs Genetic Engineering in a tale involving the New York Metropolitans, a terrible Baseball team and the created Superman who comes to play for them. [JC]

Gallun, Raymond Z

(1911-1994) US author and technical writer, born and educated in Wisconsin, a considerable traveller in later years. He began publishing sf stories at the age of eighteen in November 1929, with "The Space Dwellers" in Wonder Stories and "The Crystal Ray" in Air Wonder Stories. In the 1930s he made a 1932 contribution to Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series [see Checklist] and published frequently in F Orlin Tremaine's Astounding, his most famous contributions being the Old Faithful series ...

Georges, Karoline

(1970-    ) Canadian artist and author whose first book of sf interest, the Near Future novella La Mue de l'hermaphrodite ["The Moulting of the Hermaphrodite"] (2001) follows the life of a hermaphrodite born through assisted reproduction technology with something unclearly approximating Superpowers, though they are unused in their solitude (see Identity; Posthuman). The story is told as though online. Sous béton (2011; trans Jacob Homel as Under the Stone 2016) ...

Malcolm, Ian

(1927-    ) Canadian author of RIP 7 (1976) a spoofish Satire on Sex set in the Near Future when a love Drug causes a worldwide orgy. [JC]

Hager, Mandy

Working name of New Zealand teacher and author Amanda Hager (1960-    ), most of whose early work – like her first novel, Run For The Trees (1999) – was nonfantastic. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Blood of the Lamb sequence, comprising The Crossing (2009), Into the Wilderness (2010) and Resurrection (2011), a Ruined Earth tale set initially on an isolated Island in the Pacific, where a racist Dystopia (see Race in SF) has been established by white "Apostles", ...

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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