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Cowdrey, Albert E

(1933-    ) US author on the medical branches of the American military, formerly Chief of the Special History Branch of the US Army, and fantasy and sf author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lucky People" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1968 as by Chet Arthur, and continued under his own name with "The Familiar" (March 1997 F&SF), one of several Azalea Place, New Orleans tales; he won a World Fantasy Award for "Queen for ...

Asakura Hisashi

Pseudonym of Zenji Ōtani (1930-2010), the Japanese translator of, among others, J G Ballard, Michael Crichton, Philip K Dick, Harry Harrison and Fritz Leiber. Graduating in Anglo-American studies from Osaka University, he initially worked in a textile company until 1966. A prolific translator for S-F Magazine, he was obliged to use several other pseudonyms, including Yuriko Sawa and Reiji Ōtani, for fear that multiple appearances by the same translator in a single issue would lead ...

Green, Jonathan

(1948-    ) UK teacher and author whose first works were Gamebooks in the Fighting Fantasy sequence for younger readers, but whose later works are of sf or fantasy interest, including Ties for both Warhammer, beginning with Warhammer: The Dead and the Damned (2002), and Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Crusade for Armageddon (2003). In his own right, the Pax Britannia sequence, beginning with Pax Britannia: Unnatural History (2007), presents a sprightly ...

Wilcox, Henry S

(1855-1924) US lawyer and author whose first novel was Flaws (1885; vt A Strange Flaw 1906) initially as By a Lawyer, in which a small fraud concatenates into a country-shaking scandal. He is of genre interest for his second novel, a Lost Race tale: The Great Boo-Boo: A Tale of Fun and Fancy, Replete with Love, Wit, Sentiment and Satire (1892), an early American example of pornographic sf, though Sex involving nudity and Torture makes up only part of a complicated Satirical narrative. The heart ...

Scheer, K-H

(1928-1991) German author, active from 1948. He published prolifically – including much sf – in the circulating-library format in which many pulp adventures appeared in postwar Germany; none of this material has been translated. However, translations of his novellas in the weekly Dime-Novel SF format of Perry Rhodan (which see for any details), the enormously successful series he cofounded in 1961 with Walter Ernsting (who wrote as Clark Darlton), with whom Scheer had written ...

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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