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Smith, George Albert

(1864-1959) Pioneering UK filmmaker (see Cinema), sometimes referred to as G A Smith. Initially a stage hypnotist and part of an act with Douglas Blackburn involving mind-reading (see Telepathy) and second sight (see ESP), Smith joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1883. He worked with Edmund Gurney, who was investigating Hypnotism, telepathy and suchlike: Smith, along with Blackburn, undertook the experiments that Gurney used as the basis of his research and writings (see ...

Kupari, Mike

(?   -    ) US Air Force technician, firearms instructor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the Dead Six sequence of Near Future Military SF adventures whose first volume is Dead Six (2011) with Larry Correia (whom see for description of these books). Kupari's solo novel debut was Her Brother's Keeper (2015), opening the Privateer Andromeda series of Space Operas starring Captain Catherine Blackwood, who with the crew of her privateer ...

Walker, Samuel

Pseudonym of the US author (?   -?   ) of The Reign of Selfishness: A Story of Concentrated Wealth (1891; vt Dry Bread 1899), a Near Future tale in which a country-dominating trust collapses after the economy (see Economics) fails and a Pandemic afflicts the land; an idealistic business man takes over, ruralizes the country, introduces kindly forms of competion, regeneratingly. [JC]

Boyne, John

(1971-    ) Irish author, active from the early 1990s, best known for the essentially nonfantastic Young Adult The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: A Fable (2006), set in a slightly confabulated Auschwitz (see Holocaust Fiction; World War Two). Some of his other works for young adults and for children unmistakably elicit topoi from Fantastika to convey dramas whose central energies are evoked by domestic trauma, including Noah Barleywater Runs Away (2010), which features a magic ...

Benoist, Elizabeth S

(1901-1999) US author in whose sf novel, Doomsday Clock (1975), a passel of disparate characters takes refuge from nuclear Holocaust in a very deep and luxurious Underground bomb shelter, where they tell each other tales (see Club Story) and prepare, in all likelihood, to die. [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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