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Whitmarsh, H Phelps

(1863-1935) Canadian-born journalist and author, in Australia and USA before moving to the Philippines in 1899; he is of sf interest for The Golden Talisman (1899), a Lost Race tale set within a frame of mountains deep within Asia, where the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Kaffiria suffer from a lack of sweet-smelling flora. [JC]

Jessup, Richard

(1925-1982) US author and screenwriter best known for works like The Cincinnati Kid (1963) who wrote a 1954 episode for the Television series Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, "The Space Projectile" and who may have participated – almost certainly with Joseph Greene – in writing the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet novels as by Carey Rockwell. For discussion see Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. [JC]

Kinsella, W P

(1935-2016) Canadian author whose first stories, assembled as Dance Me Outside (coll 1977) and Scars (coll 1978), deal with Native Canadians, centring on the figure of Silas Ermineskin. He remains best known, however, for his Baseball tales, several examples of which are discussed in that entry; these can be found in such collections as The Thrill of the Grass (coll 1984), The Alligator Report (coll 1985), The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt: Baseball Stories (coll 1988), The Dixon ...

Rath, E J

Joint pseudonym of authors Chauncey Corey Brainerd (1874-1922) and Edith Rathbone Jacobs Brainerd (1885-1922), a married couple who died simultaneously when the Knickerbocker Theatre roof collapsed onto them. In the Near Future The Sixth Speed (1910) a disgruntled inventor applies his Invention – a yacht capable of carrying a substantial cargo at 120mph indefinitely – to piracy on the high seas, but is eventually dissuaded from this course. "A Flight to Freedom" (May 1912 Munsey's ...

Kipling, Rudyard

(1865-1936) UK journalist, poet and author known mainly for such works outside the sf field as Plain Tales from the Hills (coll 1888) – which does contain some supernatural tales – and Kim (1901) [see below]; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. During World War One, a conflict he had named "The Great War" as early as 1899, he wrote a great deal of propaganda, but the loss of his son in combat darkened the rest of his life. Kipling began to publish work of genre interest ...

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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