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Millard, Joseph

(1908-1989) US author in several genres who began publishing sf with "The Crystal Invaders" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in January 1941, and was active in the field for a few years, a period which included the magazine release of his only novel, The Gods Hate Kansas (November 1941 Startling; rev 1964), a routine adventure involving manipulation of humans by Aliens. It was filmed, dreadfully, as They Came from Beyond Space (1967). [JC] see also: Invasion; A R Steber. /

Payne, Bernal C, Jr

(1941-    ) US author the protagonists of whose Time Travel novel for Young Adult readers, It's About Time (1984; vt Trapped in Time 1986), travels back to 1955 where they meet their parents as teenagers. The future children of their marriage must ensure it takes place. The slightly later Back to the Future, released 1985, was conceived independently. The Late Great Dick Hart (1986) is an afterlife fantasy; Experiment in Terror (1987) is horror. [JC]

Estoclet, Alphonse E

(1847-1929) French-born teacher, translator and author, in UK circa 1880s, in US from 1890. His translations, of little-known late novels by Jules Verne, have not been subject to serious examination. [JC]

Millet, Lydia

(1968-    ) US author whose second novel, George Bush, Dark Prince of Love: A Presidential Romance (2000), is political Satire, climaxing in a slightly fantasticated scene at the White House; its modestly raunchy exuberance marks it in retrospect as reflecting a more "innocent" world than that initiated by the Fall of the Towers slightly later in Bush's presidency. Some other early novels lay heavy stress on mimetic conventions, without breaking them; but Millet's fifth ...

Evans, Anna D

(?   -?   ) UK (?) author whose Feminist assault upon celibacy and male domination, It Beats the Shakers; Or, a New Tune (1905), skirts sf in its somewhat abstract rendering of the arrival (at some moment in the deep past) of woman from Venus, on condition that men treat them properly; of their later departure from Earth when the drab truths dominating male behaviour become incontrovertible; and the final Disaster – the Last Man perishes in a vast landslide ...

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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