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Mosley, Walter

(1952-    ) US author, best known for his crime fiction, in particular the Easy Rawlins sequence beginning with Devil in a Blue Dress (1990). He is of sf interest for several books: Blue Light (1998), an Equipoisal tale, traces the consequences of the eponymous radiance from space, which strikes the earth in discrete "needles" in 1965 and transforms (see Shapeshifters) anything alive that it comes in contact with, creating over the years a mild-mannered Pariah Elite of the ...

White, Stewart Edward

(1873-1946) US author of travel books and novels, many of the latter being historical tales set in California. In his later years he became interested in Spiritualism, believed he was in contact with his dead wife, and wrote some books about the other world, including The Unobstructed Universe (1940) and two sequels. Of sf interest is the Percy Darrow sequence. The Mystery (1907) with Samuel Hopkins Adams is a complicated tale involving an abandoned ship on the high seas, and the mysterious ...

Sterne, Julian

Pseudonym of UK conspiracy theorist and author Nesta Helen Webster (1876-1960), whose early Feminism faded after World War One, when her public avowal of the essential truths contained in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (trans 1920) survived the almost immediate demonstration that they were an anti-Semitic hoax; she faded almost completely from view. She did subsequently publish a novel no less implausible as history but marginally less unattractive to contemplate. In The Secret of the ...

Tuck, Donald H

(1922-2010) Australian bibliographer and industrial manager whose bibliographical labours in sf since the late 1940s were among the most extensive in the field since the pioneering work of Everett F Bleiler. In recent decades his publications have been partially superseded, but they comprise one of the foundation Bibliographies upon which later workers have built; the increasing sophistication and breadth of coverage of his bibliographical work can be traced through the successive versions of ...

Stalking the Night Fantastic

Role Playing Game (1983). Tri Tac Games. Designed by Richard Tucholka, Chris Belting. / While it is often reminiscent of the similarly titled Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975), Stalking the Night Fantastic takes a far more light-hearted approach to its investigations of the alien and the extraordinary. Players adopt the roles of agents of "Bureau 13", a secret branch of the US government founded in the 1860s to fight the dark side of the paranormal world while keeping its more peaceful ...

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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