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Schaefer, Charles

(?   -    ) US author of Star of the Sun (1997), whose protagonist in the distant Near Future discovers in a small Mediterranean Island a cuneiform reference to a mysterious Disaster; later, undergoing tribulations in a research establishment on Titan (see Outer Planets), he witnesses the devastation of Saturn by a giant Comet due later to strike Earth. Investigations prove that this comet had earlier caused a worldwide Disaster, as demonstrated by the ...

Cardinal, Jane

Pseudonym of UK author Ethel Williamson (?   -?   ), who also wrote as by Cherry Veheyne; the Living Idol beginning with The Living Idol: A Romantic Melodrama (1933) treats the Clichés of the Lost Race novel in terms of the Sheik Romance: a starlet, while being held hostage by a prince of ancient lineage who boasts Superpowers, learns love at his hands (veiled). In the sequel, The Taming of the Despot (1934), love and wisdom triumph against an Invasion ...

Makin, William J

(1893-1944) UK journalist and author who was in active service during World War One, a prolific writer of magazine fiction beginning in the 1920s, his first work of genre interest being "The Black Laugh" in Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror for January 1932. At least one of his Jonathan Jow tales, the novel-length "The Monster of the Loch" (20 January-3 March 1934 Pearson's Weekly) with Leslie Arliss (1901-1987), is sf, and features a plesiosaur (see Loch Ness Monster); it is included in The ...

James, Brett

(?   -    ) US author of Space Operas, often with Military SF elements, featuring inimical Alien civilizations which threaten to dominate reachable space. They include The Deadfall Project (2012) and the Outer Rim Chronicles beginning with Tangent (2017). [JC]

Larson, Ellen

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose sf novel, The Measure of the Universe (2002) follows the eventually romantic interactions of a human and a visiting Alien archaeologist who meet on a Greek Island during the course of his attempts (see Linguistics) to recover for his species the literal art of writing. [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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