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DeStefano, Sal

(1957-    ) US real estate agent, lawyer, and author of one sf novel, The Methuselah Gene (2000), in which a plant geneticist attempts to use his research results to cure his son of cancer, but must fight off exploiters of and government interference because his breakthrough discoveries also promise Immortality. [JC]

Adorno, Juan Nepomuceno

(1807-circa 1880) Mexican engineer, inventor and philosopher. He combined his fields of knowledge to write a short story – included in a long nonfiction work as described below – in which he reflected on the influence of Enlightenment philosophy, Utopian socialism, mainly from the writings of Charles Fourier and, to a lesser extent, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Romanticism. Adorno lived in Europe for two periods of his ...

Pachter, Josh

(1951-    ) US author, chiefly of short crime fiction, translator and editor. Of genre interest are his two reprint Anthologies of the included authors' favourite tales: Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice, Selected and Introduced by the Authors Themselves (anth 1984) and Top Fantasy: The Authors' Choice, Selected and Introduced by the Authors Themselves (anth 1985). The selections are mostly well known; the ...

Manley, R M

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost World novel, The Queen of Ecuador (1894), in which a red-headed Englishman discovers an Inca-based civilization in the Vale of Paucartambo, and weds a princess; back in the normal world, his daughter is threatened by a Mad Scientist doctor, but escapes. [JC]


This potent twentieth-century myth, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan of the Apes (October 1912 All-Story; 1914), may seem only marginally sf on the strength of the detail that Tarzan – who is both Lord Greystoke, scion of English aristocracy, and Pastoral lord of the African jungle – was raised by great apes (see ...

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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