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Méliès, Georges

(1861-1938) French theatre and film director and entrepreneur. A natural showman, Méliès began his theatrical career as a conjurer, designing his own trick gadgets, against the wishes of his family, whose wealth came from manufacturing shoes. In 1888, his father's death allowed him to sell his interest in the firm, helping to provide him with the finances to buy the Théâtre Robert-Houdin, and his magic shows there became famous. In 1896, inspired by the Lumière ...

Riviere, Sam

(1981-    ) UK teacher, publisher, poet and author, active as a poet from around 2005. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Dead Souls (2021), a Satirical tale about poets and poetry whose intensely prolonged monologues perhaps benefit from their exposure to a modestly changed very Near Future world (see Fantastika). In the course of this a poet – accustomed to anxious channelling of his elders but now "outed" by QACS, a Computer system clearly capable of ...

Garis, Howard R

(1873-1962) US author active from about 1896, known mainly for such work outside the sf field as his Uncle Wiggily series, which began in 1910 in the Newark Evening News, and ran to nearly 15,000 widely syndicated episodes, some of which were gathered into the seventy-nine published volumes in the series; the newspaper column, in various late incarnations, only stopped in the year of his death. Much of the work he wrote for Edward Stratemeyer's Stratemeyer Syndicate, through which most of his ...

Williams, Francis Howard

(1844-1922) US critic and author whose Atman: The Documents in a Strange Case (1891), though its substance could be deemed occultish, has some interest through its structure. Williams himself appears in the tale as the holder of various documents that demonstrate the Psi Powers of the young woman brought to grief by a Mad Scientist, Professor Perdicaris. Metempsychosis is involved. [JC]

Pieczenik, Steve R

(1943-    ) Cuban-born US author most of whose work of any genre interest has been contributed as Ties to the Tom Clancy's Net Force Shared World sequence of Near Future Technothrillers supervised by Tom Clancy, beginning with Net Force (1999) with Steve Perry; all books announced as collaborations with Clancy, but this has been disregarded in the Checklist below. Of his individual works, Blood Heat (1988) is a Near Future in which a manufactured Pandemic developed from the ...

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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