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Hemingway, Amanda

(1955-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Alchemist" for Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers (anth 1981) edited anonymously, that year's issue of the Faber and Faber Introduction series. Her first novel, Pzyche (1982), focuses on an uncomfortable and virginal young woman brought up in isolation on a mineral-rich, art-obsessed planet, where – under the supervision of her father (see ...

Caine, Rachel

Pseudonym of prolific US author Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (1962-2020), who also wrote as by Roxanne Conrad, Ian Hammell (a House Name), Julie Fortune and Roxanne Longstreet. She began to publish work of genre interest with Stormriders (1990) as Roxanne Longstreet, a contribution to the fantasy Role Playing Game-based Shared World Shadow World. Her best-known series is ...

Landsberger, Artur

(1876-1933) German author, active and prolific from around 1900 until Nazi persecution – he was Jewish – led to his Suicide; he sometimes gave his first name as Arthur. He is of sf interest for his Near Future Satire Berlin ohne Juden ["Berlin Without Jews"] (1925), which is explicitly based on Hugo Bettauer's ...

Bertram, Noel

Pseudonym of Noel Boston (1910-1966), and not, as has often been thought, of his friend R L Fanthorpe. Bertram privately published some supernatural stories as Yesterday Knocks (coll 1953; exp 2003 as Boston); his ten tales 1960-1962 in Supernatural Stories, the Badger Books magazine whose contents were mostly written by Fanthorpe, have been verified. [SH/DRL]

Pseudoman, Akkad

Pseudonym of US inventor, academic and author Edwin Fitch Northrup (1866-1940), whose sf novel Zero to Eighty: Being my Lifetime Doings, Reflections, and Inventions: Also my Journey Around the Moon (1937) comprises the slightly wooden memoirs of "Kad" Pseudoman, whose early life incorporates some elements of the Edisonade – he discovers a gold mine in the West from which he profits mightily; he creates various ...

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 ...

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