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Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Dell Comics

The Comics imprint of Dell Publishing, which began issuing comics in various genres in the 1930s and was active for several decades, being the most successful US comics publisher for a time in the 1950s. Most of Dell's output made use of material licenced from various sources, including Walt Disney Productions, Lone Ranger Inc, Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc and the Walter Lantz Studios. Many of their titles sold a million or more copies per issue in the 1950s, more than any other ...

Hammond, Aubrey

(1894-1940) UK set designer, art director and illustrator, well known in these capacities; in active service during World War One. His first film as art director, Hyde Park Corner (1935), directed by Sinclair Hill, is Fantasy. Hammond is of importance as an sf illustrator almost solely for one work, his remarkably strong wraparound Art Deco cover for the first English translation of Thea von Harbou's Metropolis (1926; trans 1927). Its menacingly iconic conflation of the Robot/Android and the ...

Caine, William

(1873-1923) UK author, almost invariably of spoofish light fiction and plays. Of greatest sf interest is The Confectioners (1906) with John Fairbairn, set in a UK transformed by the near-future Invention of a substance capable of taking any shape and function, and by the unrest this substance causes when an unscrupulous industrial magnate tries to corner its use. The narrative is conveyed with lame wit and nonsense – Caine is a poor third behind G K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in the ...

MacIsaac, Fred

(1882-1940) US author who appeared frequently in Argosy after World War One with stories in which his sober prophetic intelligence wrestles with his Pulp-magazine instincts, and usually loses. His work remains of interest, however. The Vanishing Professor (9-30 January 1926 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1927) complicatedly engages a venal Scientist, inventor of an Invisibility machine, with crime czars and detectives. The portrait of a publicity-conscious all-powerful magnate in "The Great ...

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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