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Hoklin, Lonn

(1946-    ) US author under his own name of a Time Travel novel, The Hourglass Crisis (1987), about an attempt to ensure the restoration of the Third Reich (see Hitler Wins for a short discussion of Alternate Histories in which similar recoveries are launched). As John Gideon, Hoklin is the author of several horror novels which verge toward (though they do not reach) sf. [JC]

Pearson's Magazine

1. UK popular fiction and general interest magazine published by C A Pearson Ltd, edited by Sir Arthur Pearson (1866-1921) until 1899, Percy W Everett 1900-1911, Philip O'Farrell 1912-1919, John Reed Wade 1920-1939, W E Johns May-November 1939; monthly, 527 issues, January 1896 to November 1939. Standard size except for last seven issues, which were letter size. / C Arthur Pearson had previously worked for George Newnes and when he established his own publishing business he released two ...

England Invaded

Film (1909). Warwick Trading Company. Directed and written by Leo Stormont. Story may have been based without credit on Guy du Maurier's An Englishman's Home (performed 27 January 1909; 1909 chap). Cast not given. 10 minutes. Black and white. / Like The Airship Destroyer (1909) directed by Walter R Booth earlier the same year, England Invaded is a very early sf movie and also an early visual presentation of the Future War Invasion story in which England is threatened from somewhere in the ...

Welles, Paul O'M

(?   -    ) US author of Project Lambda (1979), a Near Future Dystopian Satire set in an America where homosexual men are first murdered and then – after the government sees an opportunity to publicly humiliate any survivors – sent to concentration camps where they will be castrated; but public outrage saves the day. [JC]

Warner, Anne

(1869-1913) US author of romantic fiction, in the UK from about 1903; of some sf interest is When Woman Proposes (1911), a Near Future tale set in an unnamed European country where a young woman, in love with a soldier who refuses to marry her on his low income, engineers a general strike of workers and military, bringing the land to a total halt until an equitable wage structure is established for all. [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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