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Black, Pansy E

(1890-1957) US stenographer and short story author, born Pansy Ellen Beach, whose two stories for Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series are located in Australia. The Valley of the Great Ray (1930 chap) is a Lost Race tale set in the desert, while The Man from the Meteor (1932 chap) features invading Aliens who also hole up in the Australian interior. In each case, Rays destroy the hidden civilization. [JC]

Two Women of the West

Joint pseudonym of Alice Ilgenfritz Jones (1846-1906) and Ella Robinson Merchant (1857-1916) for their sf Satire, Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance (1893), whose male narrator, after flying to Mars in an "aeroplane" – a very early appearance of the word in English – discovers there a Utopia based on Gender reversal (see Feminism; Women in SF). He is disconcerted but survives the experience. Jones was an active novelist, but her other works are nonfantastic. [JC]

Gene Machine, The

Videogame (1996). Divide By Zero. Designed by Andy Blazdell. Platforms: DOS. / The Gene Machine is a Steampunk comedy, presented as a graphical Adventure with a strongly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The game begins when the player character, the pompous upper class adventurer Piers Featherstonehaugh, is approached by a talking cat in the foyer of his London house. This exotic intruder turns out to be a product of the nefarious schemes of one Dr Dinsey, who plans to conquer the ...

Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds

US Pulp magazine, an attempt to breathe fresh life into the more traditional air-War pulp, Battle Birds, the volume number of which was continued, beginning with volume 5 #4 and ending with volume 8 #3. In this final incarnation it saw 12 issues, July 1934-July 1935; published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill. Each issue contained a genuine Near-Future sf novel by Robert Sidney Bowen Jr in which Dusty and his sidekicks fought off the menace of the Black Invaders, led by ...

Andreae, Johann Valentin

(1586-1654) German theologian and author, whose name has also appeared as Andreä, and who was long credited with the authorship of all three early seventeenth-century texts describing the purported ancient group or Pariah Elite known as the Rosicrucians; he is now credited only with the third of them, the conspicuously fictional Chymische Hochzeit Christians Rosenkreutz ["The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz"] (1616; trans E Foxcroft as The Hermetick Romance, or the Chymical ...

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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