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Fleuret, Fernand

(1884-1945) French poet and author, involved in the proto-modernist literary world of Paris before World War One whose Jim Click ou La Merveilleuse Invention (1930) describes Click's Invention of an Android so perfectly constructed that – after it kills the eminent admiral on whom it was modeled – it succeeds in taking over the dead man's profession and his woman. [JC]

Gorst, Harold E

(1868-1950) UK journalist, editor and author, of whose ten or more works of fiction two are sf: Without Bloodshed: A Probability of the Twentieth Century (1897), a Satire set in a Near Future UK whose socialist government has been subverted by American millionaires for their own advantage; and Sketches of the Future (coll 1898), which contains several further satires, always from a politically and culturally conservative point of view (Feminism, for instance, is guyed). [JC]

Williamson, Thames

Working name of US screenwriter and author Thomas Ross Williamson (1894-1961) who over a prolific career published some work of genre interest, beginning with The Man Who Cannot Die (1926), set in the eighteenth century, about an elixir that gives Immortality at a cost. Against the Jungle (1933), set in Africa, and The Flint Chipper: A Boy's Story of England in the Stone Age (1940), are Lost Race adventures written for boys. Beginning at Dusk: An Interlude (1935) is a competent ghost story, ...

Wolf, K J

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Planet Torn Asunder (2006) is a Planetary Romance set on a nonhuman planet whose two lizard-like civilizations (see Evolution) are engaged in a possibly genocidal conflict. [JC]

Hansen, L Taylor

(1897-1976) US anthropologist and author who attended the University of California Los Angeles for graduate work in science; she published numerous sf stories and popular science articles in the Pulp magazines between 1929 and 1949, beginning with "What the Sodium Lines Revealed" in Amazing Stories Quarterly for Winter 1929, and The Undersea Tube (November 1929 Amazing; 2008 ebook), detailing the failure of a subway under the Atlantic (see Transportation). Perhaps the most interesting of her ...

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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