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Ball, Frank P

(1908-1970) US solicitor, publisher and author whose self-published Utopia, My Wondrous Dream (1923), may be set in Atlantis, as its protagonist falls asleep while reading Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), though his adventures soon depart radically from any Donnellian hypothesis, taking off from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), as he finds himself a giant (see Great and Small) in a Lilliputian land. At this point the tale becomes morally ...

Zakour, John

(1957-    ) US Comics writer and author of a spoof Near Future noir crime series, the Xachary Nixon Johnson sequence beginning with The Plutonium Blonde (1997 ebook; exp 2001) with Lawrence Ganem; from The Frost-Haired Vixen (2006) on, Zakour was the sole author. Cases engaged in by the protagonist and his AI partner include homicidal Androids and other ultimately unthreatening threats to the world, often female, like the Amazon Klana in The Sapphire Sirens (2009), who seems ...

Verhelst, Peter

(1962-    ) Belgian/Flemish poet, playwright and author, active from the mid 1980s; at least two of his novels are of genre interest. In Tongkat: Een Verhalenbordeel ["Tonguecat: A Story Brothel"] (1999; trans Sherry Marx as Tonguecat: A Novel 2003), the titan Prometheus leaves his primordial world and comes to an unnamed Labyrinthine Near Future City beginning to disintegrate physically and culturally as the consequences of a sudden ice age grip more and more fiercely; the ...


(1960-2010) US multi-disciplinary artist whose work covered performance art, rap, graffiti, painting, sculptor and comics. He drew on history, science, sf and popular culture to shape a mythology to inspire his artwork. An African-American/Italian who kept his real name secret, Rammellzee was part of New York's burgeoning rap and graffiti culture as it evolved in the late seventies, becoming a member of the city's underground art scene – which included the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, ...

Richards, Milton

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Milo Milton Oblinger (1890-1963), in the US from early years, having taken out US citizenship in 1922; best known for his tales for boys, including the Dick Kent series of nonfantastic adventures in the North woods; of sf interest is The Valdmere Mystery; Or, the Atomic Ray (1929), in which the Invention of a deadly Ray threatens to unleash terrors on the world; but the villains are defeated. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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