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Adkins, Patrick H

(1948-2015) US author, editor, publisher and fan – once editor of the New Orleans SF Association Fanzine Nolazine – who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Hunting the Dragonblood" in Chrysalis 9 (anth 1981) edited by Roy Torgeson. He is best known for his Titan fantasy trilogy, beginning with Lord of the Crooked Paths (1987) and retelling Greek Mythology. The Third Beast (2000) is a very Near Future work of Survivalist Fiction whose anthropologist hero sees Devolution ...

Barrett, Michael Dennis

(1947-    ) US author of an sf novel, Asylum and Circus (1977), in which Aliens come to Earth and cause upheavals. [JC]


Also known as YΔCHT. American electropop band, founded by Jona Bechtolt (1980-    ). The group is more fully integrated into digital culture than many – initially created for an "art and technology platform" entitled "Crap-tops versus Laptops" organized by New York's Museum of Modern Art, Yacht add Powerpoint presentations, software piracy and integrated blogging and vlogging to the usual recording-and-touring business of being in a band. Their fourth album, See ...

Sexton Blake Library

Sexton Blake, a long-running fictional detective sometimes known as the poor man's Sherlock Holmes, shares (though not in his earliest incarnations) several Holmes characteristics including residence in London's Baker Street; his adventures, however, are substantially more melodramatic. Created in "The Missing Millionaire" (December 1893 The Halfpenny Marvel) by Harry Blyth writing as Hal Meredeth, the character developed into an extensive Series franchise which continued until 1978, with more ...

Arkell, Will J

(1856-1930) US author of Napoleon Smith (1888) with A T Worden (?   -?   ), writing together as by A Well-Known New Yorker. Arkell, a wealthy US businessman, had bought Judge magazine in the mid-1880s (and used it as a Republican platform to attack the Democratic administration): the novel – a tame political Satire set in the Near Future – appeared from The Judge Publishing Company. [JC/AR]

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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