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Saint, H F

(1941-    ) US businessman and author whose sf novel, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1987), filmed as Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), treats the question of Invisibility as a series of problems in practical living, in direct contrast to the aspirational hubris evinced by the Antihero in H G Wells's The Invisible Man (1897). After the protagonist is rendered invisible by an accident at a research establishment, he escapes the military, which hopes to use his condition for ...

Boyett, Steven R

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author whose first novel, Ariel (1983; text restored 2009), is a fantasy, along with its direct sequel in the Ariel sequence, Elegy Beach (2009); his second novel, The Architect of Sleep (1986), is an sf tale set in a Parallel World occupied by an intricately and plausibly depicted species which has evolved (see Evolution) from raccoons. After crossing into this world from a cavern in ours, the protagonist becomes involved in a complex plot ...

Napier, Bill

Working name of Scottish astronomer and author William M Napier (1940-    ), whose several Technothrillers teasingly approach genuine sf patterns of cognition, but generally baulk from taking them as the burden of the tales told; the titles closest to full sf include Nemesis (1998) and The Lure (2002), the former featuring a threatened US Asteroid impact with devious political complications, while the latter invokes Alien attempts to establish Communication with humans. The ...

Willett, Edward

(1959-    ) US-born actor, journalist and author, in Canada from the age of eight; he has also written as by Lee Arthur Chane and E C Blake, and under the House Name Adam Blade. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Rescue" in JAM for 1983, and began to release primarily Young Adult novels, several of them fantasy, with Soulworm (1997), an sf tale set partly in a Parallel World, where the eponymous Monsters corrupt the minds of victims, and in Saskatchewan, ...

Kummer, Frederic Arnold

(1873-1943) US playwright, screenwriter and author, who may have begun signing his name Frederic Arnold Kummer, Sr after his son Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr began publishing around 1935. Most of his work is nonfantastic, though he wrote at least two Posthumous Fantasies [for fuller entry on Kummer, and on Posthumous Fantasy, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Second Coming: A Vision (1916 chap) with Henry P Janes (1868-?   ) is a World War One fantasy in which ...

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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