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Nisbet, Hume

(1849-1923) Scottish actor, painter, teacher and author, intermittently in Australia from 1865 – where much of his non-fantastic fiction is set – though he spent most of his life in England. He wrote at least forty-five novels, some of which are fantasy or sf, beginning with Ashes: A Tale of Two Spheres (1890; vt Wasted Fires 1902), a rather metaphysical assault on the world of publishing, set in an imaginary city morally contaminated by an art editor who ...

Winters, Ben H

(1976-    ) US playwright, journalist and author whose first books – including The Jewish Comedy Thesaurus: 3,102 Quips, Quotes, and Kvetches (2007) and the Worst-Case Scenario series of spoofs with David Borgenicht and Robin Epstein – were comic nonfiction. He is of sf interest for two series. His contributions to his publisher's Quirk Classics sequence are Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) with Jane Austen ...

Blow, Ernest J

(?   -    ) South African author of Appointment in Space (1963), an undemanding tale whose protagonists take a Spaceship to Mars, where they have some adventures. [JC]

St Clair, Margaret

(1911-1995) US author, usually under her married name, though she wrote a series of elegant stories in the 1950s as by Idris Seabright, and had one tale published in 1952 under the House Name Wilton Hazzard. Her sf career began with "Rocket to Limbo" for Fantastic Adventures in November 1946, and by 1950 she had published about thirty stories, most of them vigorous adventures in a ...

Lerner, Edward M

(1949-    ) US scientist involved in aerospace and information technologies such as Bell Labs, and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What a Piece of Work is Man" in Analog for 1991, followed later the same year by his first novel, Probe (1991), a Technothriller in which an Alien Spaceship discovered in the solar system ...

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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