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Tennant, Emma

(1937-2017) UK editor and author whose first acknowledged novel – her actual first, The Colour of Rain (1964) as by Catherine Aydy, was not sf – is The Time of the Crack (short version as "The Crack" in New Worlds 5, anth 1973, ed Michael Moorcock; exp 1973; vt The Crack 1978), an sf novel about an inexplicable faultline – described in terms that imply a gamut of meanings, from Sex to apocalypse – that opens through the heart of London, told at least in part as a Parody ...

Green, Henry

Pseudonym of UK industrialist and author Henry Vincent Yorke (1905-1973), whose several laconic but richly thought-through nonfantastic novels, from Blindness (1926) to Doting (1952), gained him a small but intensely appreciative readership. A short fantasy tale, "Monsta Monstrous", was drafted in the early 1920s, though it only reached print posthumously in Surviving: The Uncollected Writings of Henry Green (coll 1992). His one sf novel, Concluding (1948), set fifty-five years hence in a ...

Cecil, Henry

Pseudonym of Henry Cecil Leon (1902-1976), UK barrister and later County Court judge who wrote numerous witty, legally knowledgable stories, generally revolving around courtrooms, ingenious crimes, eccentric lawyers and unreliable witnesses. The most famous is Brothers in Law (1955), which was filmed in 1957. His first work of genre interest seems to be the brief and flippant ghost story, "Proof" (April 1964 Argosy UK), collected in Portrait of a Judge (coll 1964). Two late Cecil novels include ...

Stribling, T S

(1881-1965) US author best known for his realistic novels of the American South, including the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Store (1932), and as the author of the once popular detective stories featuring Professor Poggioli, a psychologist also referred to as Dr or Mr Henry Poggioli; of these tales, "Shadowed" (15 October 1930 Adventure; in Dr. Poggioli: Criminologist, coll 2004) suggests Equipoisally that the elusive persecutor of a seemingly Paranoid victim is either a buried fragment of his own ...

Coen, Franklin

(1912-1990) US screenwriter, of greatest sf relevance for the script for This Island Earth (1955). He is the co-author of a film Tie, Meteor (1979) with Edmund H North, novelizing the feature film Meteor (1979). [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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