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Files, Meg

(1946-    ) US academic, poet and author whose Meridian 144 (1991) follows the complex life of its protagonist after a world-decimating accidental nuclear Holocaust – she had been scuba-diving in the South Seas at the time – interweaving memories of her stressed earlier life and action decisions necessary in the Post-Holocaust world as she attempts to create an Adam and Eve scenario out of the shambles. [JC]

Hidden World, The

US Pulp-format magazine, 16 issues, Spring 1961 to Winter 1964, published and edited by Raymond A Palmer. This was a quarterly publication, handling Shaver-Mystery and flying-saucer (see UFOs) material, and purporting to be science fact rather than science fiction. #1 elaborated on the Shaverian "Mantongue" language. Circulation had by the end dropped from 10,000 to 2000; the issue marked Winter 1964 was in fact released in 1966. [FHP/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated ...

Rocklynne, Ross

Working name of US author Ross Louis Rocklin (1913-1988) for his sf stories, most of which appeared in such magazines as Astounding from the mid-1930s up to 1947, beginning with "Man of Iron" for Astounding in 1935. He specialized in Space-Opera plots constructed around sometimes ingenious "scientific" problems, such as how to escape from the centre of a hollow planet in "At the Center of Gravity" (June 1936 Astounding), the first of the Colbie and Deverel series assembled with similar material ...


Pseudonym of Italian Futurist poet and theoretician Vincenzo Fani Ciotti (1888-1927), whose sf novel, La fine del mondo ["The End of the World"] (1921), is a declaredly Fascist tale whose hero – frustrated at Earth's refusal to clear Jupiter of its natives so that humanity can press outwards to create a Galactic Empire – travels to that planet, where he immolates himself in a great explosion that destroys the Jovian government. [JC]

Harding, Lee

(1937-    ) Australian freelance photographer and author who was involved in activities of Australian Fandom, including Fanzines, before 1955, under the name Leo Harding; he began publishing sf with "Displaced Person" for Science Fantasy #46 in April 1961, eventually expanding this story as Displaced Person (1979; rev vt Misplaced Persons 1979). Aimed – like The Weeping Sky (1977) and Waiting for the End of the World (1983), which are equally impressive – at a ...

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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