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Wheeler, William W

(1853-1916) US author whose Utopia Rest (1894) includes some occult elements, like the mysterious presence of a redeemed Adam and Eve in a world based on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888); Shapeshifter Aliens from another planet are also in evidence. [JC]

Ende, Michael

(1929-1995) German theatrical director, actor, playwright and author, son of the Surrealist painter Edgar Ende (1901-1965), whose works were banned by the German government in 1936 for "degeneracy", and who deeply influenced his son. After writing songs and sketches for literary cabarets from about 1955, Ende began to publish work of genre interest with the Jim Knopf sequence – Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (1960; trans Renata Symonds as Jim Button and Luke the Engine ...

Argosy, The

US Magazine established by Frank A Munsey and historically important as the first ever Pulp magazine when it changed format (October 1896) and switched to pulp paper (December 1896). It was published weekly from 9 December 1882 as The Golden Argosy, became The Argosy from 1 December 1888, went monthly April 1894-September 1917, then weekly, as Argosy Weekly, 6 October 1917 to 17 July 1920. It combined with All-Story Weekly (see The All-Story) to become Argosy All-Story Weekly from 24 July 1920 ...

American Fiction

UK numbered pocketbook series which could be regarded (being numbered) as either an anthology series or a magazine. 12 issues known, most 36pp, numbered only from #2. Published by Utopian Publications, London; edited by Benson Herbert and Walter Gillings (who jointly owned the company). Irregular, September 1944-January 1946. / American Fiction was primarily a reprint publication. All issues featured quasi-erotic covers, with the title story often being an already known sf or fantasy work ...

Wolff, Jake

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The History of Living Forever (2019), focuses on the dance of revelations that beset and illumine the forty-year-old protagonist Conrad's understanding of his romance as a teenager with his chemistry teacher Sam, who had been searching for a recipe, possibly alchemical, that might contain the secret of Immortality. Conrad's search for various meanings – the mystery of his lover's death, the nature of immortality ...

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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