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Richards, Milton

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Milo Milton Oblinger (1890-1963), in the US from early years, having taken out US citizenship in 1922; best known for his tales for boys, including the Dick Kent series of nonfantastic adventures in the North woods; of sf interest is The Valdmere Mystery; Or, the Atomic Ray (1929), in which the Invention of a deadly Ray threatens to unleash terrors on the world; but the villains are defeated. [JC]

Lore, Pittacus

House Name owned by James Frey (1969-    ) – not to be confused with James N Frey – a serially controversial author and screenwriter whose works include the heavily fabricated addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003) and the contemporary Messiah fantasy The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011). The Lore house name is associated with his Young Adult "fiction factory" Full Fathom Five, whose contractual terms have attracted further notoriety. Pittacus ...

May, Elizabeth

(?   -    ) US author, resident for some time in Scotland, who began to publish work of genre interest with The Falconer (2013), opening the Falconer/Aileana Kameron sequence of Young Adult historical fantasies featuring fairies and tinged with Steampunk. Of direct sf relevance is the Feminist Space Opera sequence Seven Devils opening with Seven Devils (2020) with Laura Lam [whom see for details]. / This author should not be confused with the Elizabeth May ...

Riders to the Stars

Film (1954). Ivan Tors/United Artists. Directed by Richard Carlson. Written by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Martha Hyer, William Lundigan and Herbert Marshall. 81 minutes. Colour. / Granted, the premise behind this film is absurd – that a safe passage through Earth's atmosphere requires some sort of mysterious coating, found only on meteors, requiring scientists to dispatch astronauts into space in order to scoop up meteors that can be examined to determine the nature ...

Jacobs, Paul Samuel

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Born into Light (1988), intriguingly combines the topos of the Feral Child and that of the Superman (see also Superheroes and the character Superman): a frail naked child tumbles from interstellar space into the home of an Earth couple, who find that he learns with unnatural speed; he and his siblings may be acquiring human genetic material in order for their race to survive. Jacobs's second Young Adult tale, Sleepers, ...

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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