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Barnes, Arthur K

(1909-1969) US pulp author, known also for his works outside the sf field, who was intermittently active in sf until about 1946, beginning with "Lord of the Lightning" for Wonder Stories in December 1931. His Gerry Carlyle series of Space Opera tales – in which Miss Carlyle and a sidekick hunt down various Aliens, carefully designated as non-sentient, for the London Interplanetary Zoo – was worked up into Interplanetary Hunter (stories June 1937-Winter 1946 Thrilling Wonder; fixup ...

Binder, Jack

Working name of Yanos [John] Ronald Binder (1902-1988), US illustrator born in Austria-Hungary, brother of Earl and Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), in the USA from 1910; he sometimes signed his artwork as Binder only. He was active for seven years in the Pulp magazines, illustrating some 130 stories and serial instalments, beginning with black-and-white interior artwork for four stories in Weird Tales for April 1935; his final such appearance (excluding reprints) was in Astounding for April ...

Thurston, Robert

(1936-2021) US author and academic who attended the first Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in 1968 and began to publish work of genre interest with "Stop Me before I Tell More", in Orbit 9 (anth 1971) edited by Damon Knight, and who was for some years known only for his short work. This is notable more for its examination of individual humans caught in social or sexual extremis than for any specific extrapolative bent, so that moments of genuine insight or threat tend to be lost in ...

Joy, Dara

Pseudonym of Donna Lanier (?   -    ), US author – perhaps the first – of romance sf conceived as a subgenre, most prominently the Matrix of Destiny series beginning with Knight of a Trillion Stars (1995), about the complicated romantic entanglement of a human woman and an Alien visitor. A standalone novel, Ritual of Proof (2001), has been described as Feminist, though the focus of this interplanetary romance seems to be on role reversal. ...

Fry, Lena Jane

(?   -?   ) US author the larger part of whose Other Worlds [for full title see Checklist] (coll 1905) describes a lightly fictionalized socialist Utopia set on the planet Herschel, named after the composer and astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), who discovered Uranus; the volume also includes a short story, "The Planet Venus", in which the inhabitants of Venus view Earth through a telescope and lament our shortcomings. [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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