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Douglass, Ellsworth

Pseudonym of US real-estate speculator, insurance broker and author Elmer Dwiggins (1863-1933), whose enterprises (for which he was jailed in 1919-1920) took him to various countries around the turn of the century; his fiction, including his one sf novel, was written during these travels. His first story, "The Wheels of Dr Ginochio Gyves" (September 1899 Cassell's Magazine) with Edwin Pallander, describes a gyroscopically controlled ...

Greer, Tom

Working name of Irish surgeon Thomas Greer (1846/1847-1904) for his writing; he lived in the UK from about 1880. In his A Modern Daedalus (1885) an Irish lad invents a one-man flying device (see Inventions; Transportation) which straps to the shoulders. The UK Government attempts to persuade him to use it against Ireland. Though he longs simply for peace, UK military action forces him onto the side of the ...

SSSS.Gridman

Japanese animated tv series (2018). Trigger. Directed by Akira Amemiya. Written by Keiichi Hasegawa. Voice cast includes Yuya Hirose, Tetsu Inada, Hikaru Midorikawa, Yume Miyamoto, Soma Saito, Karin Takahashi and Reina Ueda. Twelve broadcast 24-minute episodes. Colour. / SSSS.Gridman is based on the Japanese tv series Gridman the Hyper Agent (1993-1994), created by Tsuburaya ...

Purtill, Richard

(1931-2016) US academic and author whose first work of genre interest was the nonfiction study Lord of Elves and Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (1974); separate examinations of these two authors from a Christian standpoint followed [see Checklist below]. Purtill's Kaphtu Universe sequence, beginning with The Golden Gryphon Feather (1979) and extending to two trilogies, is fantasy inspired by archaeology and the myths of ancient ...

Chilton, H Herman

(1863-1945) Belgian-born UK author, whose first sf novel, Woman Unsexed (1892), melodramatically depicts a 1925 world ruined by women's right to work; The Ways of June (1925) places a conventional love story into a world characterized by Inventions such as vertical-takeoff airplanes; The Lost Children (1931) visits the Lost World to which the children of Hamelin followed the Pied Piper, ...

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 ...



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