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Sem-Sandberg, Steve

(1958-    ) Norwegian-born journalist, translator and author, in Sweden from childhood; his first two novels – Sländornas värld ["The World of Dragonflies"] (1976), an ironized Space Opera whose protagonist must persuade inhabitants of a colonized planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) to return to the cold embrace of Terra, and the similar ...

Collins, Gilbert

(1890-1960) UK author in various genres, whose two Lost-World novels are of sf interest. The Valley of Eyes Unseen (1923) finds a Tibetan hidden valley inhabited by scientifically advanced descendants of Alexander the Great's Greeks, from whom the protagonist eventually escapes by purloining one of their Inventions, mechanical wings (see Flying). In The Starkenden Quest (1925) ...

Lundgren, Ray

(?   -    ) American book designer, sometimes credited as a cover artist. There is little biographical information available, as Lundgren keeps a low profile and makes little effort to promote himself, but he is now working in New York City as Senior Art Director for the Penguin Group. While employed in that capacity, Lundgren has been solely responsible for the covers of a number of books officially published under the Roc/ ...

Williams, Nick Boddie

(1906-1992) US newspaperman – he was with the Los Angeles Times 1931-1971, serving as its chief editor from 1958 – and author who contributed short Genre SF stories to various Slicks; he reported having published his first sf story pseudonymously in Weird Tales in the late 1920s, but could recall neither title nor pseudonym. The Atom Curtain (1956 dos) is set in a thoroughly ...

Goth, Louis A

(1935-    ) US author known only for one routine Near Future thriller, Red-12 (1980). [JC]

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 ...



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