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Shimmin, Graeme

(1967-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Kill in the Morning (2014), is a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History 1955 Britain and Europe, the Jonbar Point being the death of Winston Churchill in 1941, after which World War Two ends in a draw. The story itself is a thriller whose James-Bond-like assassin protagonist is plunged into a Gestapo conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler and restart the war. A secret Weapon comes into play, and an attractive resistance fighter. ...

Mellows, Suzanne

(?   -    ) US author of a tale of sf erotica (see Sex), The Sex-Ray (1973) (see Rays). [JC]

Schwehn, Kaethe

(circa 1979-    ) US academic, memoirist and author whose first novel, The Rending and the Nest (2018) is of sf interest for its depiction of a vast Disaster, the disappearance of 95% of the human race, though typically of the Mainstream Writer of SF this "inexplicable" vanishment is more metaphorical than actual. The survivors of this disaster, or some of them, occupy a remote rural Keep, with strange births, and the sudden irruption of a Mysterious Stranger who tricks them ...


US Comic-book series, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics in 1963. Kirby drew the first 11 issues and Lee wrote the first 19. Not as immediately successful as Marvel's other properties, it had an initial 66-issue run, and then ran reprints until #93 (1974). A new team of X-Men was introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (cover dated May 1975, released in February). The success of this issue led to a relaunch of the series with #94 later that year. Many highly regarded artists have ...

Ottolengui, Rodrigues

(1861-1937) US dentist and author in whose sf novel, A Modern Wizard (1894), a Mephistophelean baulked Superman, who possesses Psi Powers, commits crimes against nature but oversteps in the end. He goes mad. [JC]

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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