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Barrett, Neal, Jr

(1929-2014) US author who worked extensively under his own name, and also as Victor Appleton, Chad Calhoun, Franklin W Dixon (a Stratemeyer House Name), Rebecca Drury and J D Hardin. He began publishing sf with "To Tell the Truth" for Galaxy in August 1960 and contributed with some regularity to the SF Magazines, much of this early material being assembled in A Different Vintage (coll 2001), though he never published prolifically in shorter forms. Some of his later tales, like "Hero" (September ...

Large, E C

(1902-1976) UK botanist and author who began to publish poetry and fiction in the late 1920s. Sugar in the Air: A Romance (1937), first of the two connected Charles Pry tales, is a notable and original Scientific Romance bitterly but wryly describing the conflicts which arise between scientific and commercial interests during experiments with artificial photosynthesis; eventually, Charles Pry develops a process to manufacture sugar from the air (or SUNSAP) in industrial quantities, but his ...

Boardman, Tom

Working name of UK publisher and editor Thomas Volney Boardman Jr (1930-2017), who went to work for the family publishing company, T V Boardman, in 1949, and stayed on as managing director when the company changed ownership in 1954. This company published primarily mysteries, but also some sf. Tom Boardman was sf adviser, successively, to Gollancz, Four Square Books, Macdonald and New English Library. He was business manager of the short-lived critical magazine SF Horizons. He edited the five ...

Poore, Michael

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Up Jumps the Devil (2012), is a supernatural fantasy whose Antihero protagonist, John Scratch, is in fact the Devil; he has come up to America to "improve" it. Of more direct sf interest is Poore's second novel, Reincarnation Blues (2017), in which fantasy, horror and sf jostle Equipoisally, with sf sequences in particular – some set on a Generation Starship – are sustained strongly (see also Fantastika). ...

Cohen, Genghis

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of unidentified US author; the pseudonym is taken from Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), to which Cohen's one fantastic work, The Erotic Spectacles (1971) contains frequent references. The book concerns magical (though laboratory-produced) spectacles which uninhibit those viewed through them. [GS/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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