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Britton, David

(1945-2020) UK publisher and author, founder with Michael Butterworth of Savoy Books in 1976 in Manchester, whose early list included works by Michael Moorcock, Charles Platt and Jack Trevor Story. With Butterworth, he edited The Savoy Book (anth 1978) and Savoy Dreams (anth 1984), which attempted with some success to demonstrate the anti-establishment ethos of the house, an ethos that brought both Britton and Butterworth into conflict with the UK obscenity laws, Britton himself being jailed ...

Finlay, Virgil

(1914-1971) American artist, sometimes credited simply as Finlay. After studying art in high school and working at various odd jobs, this prolific artist began his career with an interior illustration for the December 1935 issue of Weird Tales and eventually produced several thousand pieces of black-and-white interior work for various magazines; he also painted many magazine covers, including sixteen for Weird Tales, twenty-four for Famous Fantastic Mysteries, and twenty-five for Fantastic ...

Tepper, Sheri S

(1929-2016) US author whose first genre publications were poems under her then married name Sheri S Eberhart, the earliest being "Lullaby, 1990" in Galaxy for December 1963. She then fell silent as an author, beginning to write again only once she was in her fifties, producing sf and fantasy as Tepper, a horror novel as by E E Horlak, and non-fantastic detective novels (not listed below) as by B J Oliphant and A J Orde. Her first-written novel, a long, complex work of sf, eventually appeared as ...

McCollum, Michael A

(1946-    ) US control-systems engineer (specializing in aerospace propulsion) and author, who began publishing sf with "Duty, Honor, Planet" for Analog, April 1979. His first novel, A Greater Infinity (fixup 1982), established the pattern he would follow through the 1980s: a complex Space-Opera adventure plot – assembling the variously published Greater Infinity stories beginning with "Beer Run" (July 1979 Analog) – involves humans from Parallel Worlds, one of ...

Finlay, Roger T

(?   -?   ) US author – possibly a pseudonym used for this sequence – known today only for the Wonder Island Boys series of adventures for the Young Adult market, featuring the exploits of its young castaway protagonists, who discover in the final volume of the series, The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Islands (1915), that the natives of the Archipelago which has offered them a range of experiences are in fact a Lost Race and that the Islands ...

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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