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Avon Fantasy Reader

US Digest-size magazine published by Avon Books, edited by Donald A Wollheim, who considered it an anthology series [see his entry, therefore, for list of titles] although it resembled a magazine, as did a number of Avon's other publications at the time when the Pulps, pocketbooks and digests were all vying for position on the newsstands. Magazine bibliographers consider it a magazine; book bibliographers think of it as a series of books. The Avon Fantasy Reader sequence was primarily devoted ...

Posey, Carl A

(1933-    ) US author of two Technothrillers: Kiev Footprint (1983), set in the Near Future with the Cold War still raging, and a secret Weapon in a space shuttle about to crash into the planet; and Prospero Drill (1984), an sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited involving Weather Control. [JC]

Lin Yutang

Working name of Chinese-US author, essayist and academic Lin Yü-t'ang (1895-1976), his most important scholarly achievement (in strong contrast to his many volumes of popularized wisdom) being the Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage (1972). In his one sf novel, The Unexpected Island (1955; vt Looking Beyond 1955), refugees from several world Holocausts establish a conservative Ruined Earth Utopia on an isolated Island. [JC]

Flowers for Algernon

One of the most widely adapted SF stories, Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) by Daniel Keyes charts the progress of retarded Charlie/Charly, who develops a powerful Intelligence becomes a genius, and then slowly reverts to his original condition, after an only partially successful experimental treatment. Algernon, a white mouse, was Charlie's predecessor in testing the new Uplift treatment; Charlie becomes very fond of him and identifies with him. The story is known ...

Noel, Sterling

(1903-1984) US author and journalist, author of two sf novels: I Killed Stalin (1951), a Near-Future thriller in which World War Three is staved off by the deed described in the title; and We Who Survived (1959), which depicts the life and adventures of the survivors of the sudden onslaught of a new ice age (see Climate Change) as they flee south in a nuclear-powered snowmobile. [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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