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Ward, Henry

(1921-1989) Pseudonym of French author Henri-Louis-Luc Viard (1921-1989), who also wrote as by Louis-François Beaumetz and Louis-François Carlemont. His sf novels, as by Ward, are Les soleils verts (1956; trans Neame as The Green Suns 1961) and L'enfer est dans le ciel (1958; trans Alan Neame as Hell's Above Us 1960). The first book contains a detailed biography of Henry Ward in the introduction, claiming that he was a scientist educated at Cambridge in the UK and then Columbia in ...

Wyatt, Rachel

(1929-    ) UK-born dramatist and author, in Canada from 1957; of some sf interest is her first novel, The String Box (1970), set in a surrealized but seemingly Near Future City (see Absurdist SF) whose inhabitants follow maddening sets of rules to survive; possession of the eponymous box counts enormously. [JC]

Rusk, James, Jr

(1925-2003) US author of two unexceptional Space Operas, Space Slaves (1980) and Tug of the Dwarf Star (1980). [JC]

Weisman, Jacob

(1965-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Death and the Elephant" in Amaranth: Tales of the Supernatural (anth 1991) edited by Alayne Gelfand, most of his limited output being in collaboration with David Sandner, with whom he also collaborated on his first Anthology, The Treasury of the Fantastic: Romanticism to Early Twentieth Century Literature (anth 2001). His other anthologies include The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (anth 2012) ...

Omega Science Digest

Australian popular-science magazine, A4-size, publishing an average of two sf stories per issue; 37 bimonthly issues January/February 1981 to January/February 1987, edited by Philip Gore. The parent magazine was the US Science Digest, discontinued at around the same time. Though unexceptional as a science magazine, Omega Science Digest was, with a circulation around 35,000, for six years the most important publisher of Australian short sf, printing 78 stories by Australian authors, illustrated ...

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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