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Collaborative pseudonym used in Astounding Stories of Super-Science by Harry Bates and Desmond W Hall, respectively editor and assistant editor of that magazine, for the enthusiastically received Hawk Carse series, put into book form as Space Hawk: The Greatest of Interplanetary Adventures (November 1931-November 1932 Astounding and July 1942 Amazing; coll ...
(1867-1949) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ophiris; Or, the Ophir of Solomon: A Story of Adventure & Love in the Land of the Incas (1902), set as its subtitle implies in the mountains of Brazil and Peru, where a civilization descended from the Incan empire is discovered; the tale interjects some occult Solomonic material. [JC]
(1660-1731) UK merchant, professional spy and man of letters born Daniel Foe, becoming Defoe in the 1690s after he began to write; the extremely prolific author of many works of various kinds under a variety of names (once estimated to exceed 200 in number), though the huge canon of unsigned and pseudonymous works once attributed to him has been convincingly diminished to somewhere slightly in excess of 300 titles in all. He is best known today for his novel ...
(1828-1885) French dramatist, journalist, author of several novels of sf interest, though the first of these, Le Cas de M. Guérin ["The Case of Mr Guérin"] (1860) – about a pregnant man – has not appeared in English. He is best-known for L'Homme à l'Oreille Cassée (1862 2vols; trans anon as The Man with the Broken Ear 1864; new trans Henry Holt 1867; new trans J E Maitland, vt Colonel Fougas' Mistake ...
(1878-1939) UK author, latterly resident in Australia, whose The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert (1907) is a Lost Race set in the mountainous Australian outback, where traces of the ancient civilization of Lemuria are found lingering in decadent aborigines. Through the Heart of Tibet (1910) has also been incorrectly cited as a Lost Race novel. [JC]
(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 ...