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Halidom, M Y

Main pseudonym of the UK businessman and author only identified in 2005 as Alexander Huth (1838-1914), who also wrote as Dryasdust, under which name he is perhaps best known for the first version of Tales of the Wonder Club (coll 1899-1900 3vols; each vol subsequently published as by Halidom, vt Tales of the Wonder Club: New and Revised Edition 1903; Tales of the Wonder Club: Second Series: New and Revised Edition 1904; Tales of the Wonder Club: Third Series: New and Revised Edition 1905). Most ...

Kornbluth, C M

(1923-1958) US author Cyril Kornbluth; the "M" for a non-existent middle name represents his wife Mary Kornbluth (1920-2007), in the thought that she would be collaborating with him. A member of the Futurians fan group, he published prolifically during the years 1940-1942 in magazines edited by fellow Futurians Donald A Wollheim and Frederik Pohl. His first sf publication was "Stepsons of Mars" for Astonishing Stories in April 1940 with Harry Dockweiler (see Dirk Wylie) and Richard Wilson, ...

Steffens, Arthur Joseph

(1873-1939) UK author of fiction for boys, who also wrote as by Arthur S Hardy; most of his adventure tales are nonfantastic, though Azar the Mighty (1931 chap) as by Arthur S Hardy features a Tarzan hero, an Apes as Human sidekick, and Imperialist sentiments about matters of race. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Downing, Peggy

(1924-2013) US author of books for children and Young Adults, author of the Exitorn Adventures sequence beginning with Brill and the Dragators (1987), which provides a Christian slant on Space Opera for younger readers. Apparent singletons include Help! I'm Drowning! and Other Emergencies (1985) and Help! I'm Shrinking! (1986). [JC]

Jungle, The

Film (1952). Lippert Pictures/Voltaire Theatres, Ltd. Produced and directed by William Berke. Written by Carroll Young and Orville H Hampton (additional dialogue). Cast includes Rod Cameron, Cesar Romero and Marie Windsor. 73 minutes. Black and white with Sepiatone in original prints for the climax, removed from most later prints. / Big-game hunter Steve Bentley returns from deep in the jungles of India as the lone survivor of a hunting expedition which he says was wiped out by surviving ...

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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