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Meyers, Richard S

(1953-    ) US author who publishes also as Wade Barker. His sf novels are of relatively little interest, though the Doomstar sequence – Doom Star (1978; rev vt Doomstar 1985) and Doom Star Number Two (1979; rev vt Return to Doomstar 1985) – are moderately entertaining Space Operas. The Book of the Undead is horror [see Checklist]. Stan Lee Presents the Incredible Hulk in Cry of the Beast (1979) is a Tie to the Incredible Hulk universe. Of more interest are his ...

Caine, William

(1873-1923) UK author, almost invariably of spoofish light fiction and plays. Of greatest sf interest is The Confectioners (1906) with John Fairbairn, set in a UK transformed by the near-future Invention of a substance capable of taking any shape and function, and by the unrest this substance causes when an unscrupulous industrial magnate tries to corner its use. The narrative is conveyed with lame wit and nonsense – Caine is a poor third behind G K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in the ...

Miller, Richard

(1925-2006) US author whose Snail (1984) is a satirical Time-Travel tale in which the Wandering Jew and a Prussian soldier traverse a late-twentieth-century USA, viewing with dismay the New Age trash – both psychic and physical – which chokes the land, and en route meeting Kilgore Trout (see Kurt Vonnegut Jr). The SQUED sequence comprising Squed (1989) and Sowboy (1991) is sf Fabulation. [JC]

Walton, Nathan

(?   -?   ) US author of Utopia Right Around the Corner (Non-Factual: A Story of Fiction Told as if it were Factual) (1941), a Future History beginning in 1942, early in the presidency of Henry A Wallace (1888-1965), presumably after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he was in reality vice-president until 1945. Under Wallace, rapid action is taken towards the transformation of America into a socialist Utopia. [JC]

Swan American Magazine

UK slim Pulp magazine, published by G G Swan, London. The two (undated) sf issues in the series, #11 (probably 1948) and #15 (probably 1949), were resettings with UK illustrations of parts of Future Fantasy and Science Fiction (a variant title of Future Fiction), December 1942, and of Science Fiction Quarterly, Winter 1942. This was effectively a postwar renewal, with new numbering, of the earlier Swan Yankee Magazine series. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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