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Smith, Dean Wesley

(1950-    ) US editor and author who remains best known for founding Pulphouse Publishing in 1988, whose various enterprises he dominated, in partnership with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch, until the press was closed in 1996. With her he also edited Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook: The Professional Writer's Guide to Writing Professionally (anth 1990), a Locus Award-winning vade mecum full of necessary data, though not supremely well organized. After a vignette ...


Before the late 1940s, sf short stories, novellas and novelettes (see Hugo for definitions) were largely restricted to Magazines. (Magazines are, of course, a form of anthology, but they are not so counted in this encyclopedia.) Since then, increasingly, many readers have been introduced to sf through stories collected in books. Books are less fragile, kept in print longer, available in libraries and (especially for young readers in the days of the lurid Pulp magazines) more acceptable to ...

Lem, Stanisław

(1921-2006) Polish critic, polymath and author, winner of numerous awards including the 1973 Polish State Literary Award. Born in Lwów, he described his childhood and adolescence charmingly (if selectively) in the autobiographical Wysoki zamek ["High Castle"] (1966; trans Michael Kandel as Highcastle: A Remembrance 1995). Lem's study of medicine was interrupted in World War Two by the Nazi occupation, which as a Jew he survived at great risk (most of his family were murdered in the ...

Cosgrave, John O'Hara

(1866-1947) Australian-born US author (naturalized May 1892) and editor from 1900 to 1911 of Everybody's Magazine, which published nonfiction by authors like Samuel Hopkins Adams, Ambrose Bierce, George Bernard Shaw and H G Wells, the latter two in attacks on American neutrality during World War One. Cosgrave was also editor of The Wave and San Francisco Weekly (1889-1890), managing editor of Collier's Weekly in 1912, and Sunday editor of The New York World from 1912 to 1927. He should not be ...

Neubauer, William

(1916-1982) US author of a large number of romance novels under various names, including Norman Bligh, Ralph Carter, Gordon Semple and others. His two sf novels were The City of Gold (1951), a Lost Race tale, and Heroneous in 69 (1970) as by William Arthur. [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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