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Spurrell, H G F

(1877-1918) UK biologist, physician and author, in active service during World War One in the Royal Medical Corps until his death just before the Armistice. He is of some sf interest for Out of the Past (coll 1903), which contains two Prehistoric SF novellas plus a similar short tale, each set in a different Asian civilization prior to the founding of China; these stories are made available to the modern world by use of a Time Viewer. [JC]

Arnett, Jack

House Name, initially a pseudonym of Mike McQuay, used for the Bantam Book of Justice action-adventure series with intermittent sf content, opening with The Book of Justice #1: Genocide Express (1989). Apparently McQuay wrote one volume (not necessarily the first to appear) and farmed out the rest to others; John J Miller has claimed responsibility for The Book of Justice #3: Death Force (1990). [DRL]

Tourgée, Albion Winegar

(1838-1905) US lawyer, judge, diplomat, soldier, editor and author, active in the Southern states of America where he was notable for his pro-Black views, expressed in various manners, including essays (1868-1870) as by Wenckar and in 1878 as "C"; in France from 1897 (he was of French and German parentage). As an author Tourgée, who also wrote as by Henry Churton, is best known for an autobiographical novel, A Fool's Errand, By One of the Fools (1870), set in North Carolina during ...

Maras, Karl

A House Name of the London publishers Comyns/Paladin Press, used twice by Kenneth Bulmer and once by Peter Hawkins. [JC/DRL]

Unwin, J D

(1895-1936) UK ethnologist, anthropologist and author whose Hopousia: Or, the Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society (written 1935-1936; 1940) is a non-narrative Utopia where Sex is described as being made available through two forms of marriage: the monogamous alpha form entitles its adherents to accept responsibility for running the world; the polygamous beta form welcomes free love. Citizens can change from one marriage formula to the other. The rulers of the world are made free by ...

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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