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May, Elizabeth

(?   -    ) US author, resident for some time in Scotland, who began to publish work of genre interest with The Falconer (2013), opening the Falconer/Aileana Kameron sequence of Young Adult historical fantasies featuring fairies and tinged with Steampunk. Of direct sf relevance is the Feminist Space Opera sequence Seven Devils opening with Seven Devils (2020) with Laura Lam [whom see for details]. / This author should not be confused with the Elizabeth May ...

Van der Poel, W I

(1908-1987) Working name of American artist Washington Irving Van der Poel Jr, who sometimes included the "Jr" in his name. While there is not an abundance of biographical information about this artist, Van der Poel is known to have worked as the art director for H L Gold's Galaxy during the 1950s, which explains why he was one of the figures depicted on Ed Emshwiller's cover for its October 1952 issue, attending a futuristic party along with luminaries like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert A ...

Kaufman, Amie

(?   -    ) Australian author much of whose work has been in collaboration with Jay Kristoff or Meagan Spooner, most of her output being confined to Young Adult series. She is of sf interest for the Starbound sequence beginning with These Broken Stars (2013) with Spooner, the traditional lines of whose Space Opera narrative are "opened out" in terms of romantic fiction, as the Starship containing its young protagonists crashes out of Hyperspace and abandons ...

Lydston, G Frank

(1858-1923) US medical doctor specializing in urology; his experiments in sex gland transplants precede those more famous Serge Voronoff; more remarkably, he performed his first transplantation on himself. A prolific author of nonfiction in his speciality, his occasional fiction includes Over the Hookah: The Tales of a Talkative Doctor (coll of linked stories 1896), in which a series of medical anecdotes, several of them sf, are told within a Club Story venue. [JC]

Lee, Victoria

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Dystopian Feverwake sequence beginning with The Fever King (2019) seems at first to offer an Equipoisal reading of the etiology and consequences of a virus-based Pandemic (see Disaster) that has balkanized America. The narrative is set in Carolinia (once North and South Carolina); its young protagonist, who believes that Magic has given him the ability to control Technology, is soon taught by the magus-like ...

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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