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Cummins, Harle Oren

US author (1877-1937). Of those stories collected in Welsh Rarebit Tales (coll 1902) at least four, including "The Space Annihilator" (September 1901 Argosy as "Martin Bradley's Space Annihilator") and "The Man Who Made a Man" (December 1901 McClure's), have considerable sf interest. In the former story a Matter Transmitter is introduced. Some of his other tales are Fantasy, some showing the influence of Ambrose Bierce. [JC]

Ransom, Bill

(1945-    ) US author who has worked as a medic and as a firefighter. His early writing was poetry, with several volumes released from Finding True North & Critter (coll 1974 chap) onward. He began publishing sf anonymously with "Songs of a Sentient Flute" for Analog in February 1979, a collaboration with Frank Herbert published as by Herbert alone: Ransom wrote the first draft at Herbert's request, as related in Brian Herbert's Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank ...

Bacon, Francis

(1561-1626) English statesman, philosopher and author who practised as a barrister before embarking on a political career which ended in 1621 with his dismissal, for taking bribes, from the post of Lord High Chancellor of England. Early in life he planned a vast work, The Instauration of the Sciences, a review and encyclopedia of all knowledge, the first inklings of which (and the first use of the term "Instauratio magnus" ["great instauration"]) appeared in the manuscript "Temporis partus ...

Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Morrissey, J L

(1905-1981) UK who began publishing thrillers in the 1930s and 1940s. His sf was restricted to the 1960s. City of the Hidden Eyes (1960) with Philip Levene was adapted from the latter's BBC Radio serial about Underground Monsters threatening the surface world. As Richard Saxon, Morrissey wrote several volumes of inconspicuous but not entirely negligible sf, including The Stars Came Down (1964), which is a Utopia, The Hour of the Phoenix (1964; 1965 US as by Henry Richards), Cosmic Crusade ...

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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