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Daniels, Norman A

The main pseudonym of US Pulp author Norman A Danberg (1905-1995), who was extremely prolific from about 1931 in a wide range of magazines, concentrating on detective thrillers under various names, including John L Benton, the House Name Will Garth, Frank Johnson, the house name Kenneth Robeson and C K M Scanlon. As Wallace Brooker he wrote the Captain John Fury, the Skipper sequence in The Skipper from December 1936 and later in Doc Savage magazine from 1937 to 1943; Fury captains a seemingly ...

Wallace, Doreen

Working name of UK author Dora Eileen Agnew Wallace Rash (1897-1989), author of much popular fiction over a 65-year career. Forty Years On (1958) is set in the fens of Eastern England on the Isle of Ely (in fact not an island but a marsh-surrounded raised village surmounted by the famous cathedral) after a nuclear Holocaust, which had the virtue of solving at one blow the problem of Overpopulation. Here, under pastoral guidance, a chaste rural Fabian Utopia is soon founded (see Cosy ...

Lowther, George

(1913-1975) US Radio scriptwriter, Television screenwriter, radio producer and director, and author whose The Adventures of Superman: Based on the Cartoon Character Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (1942), an original story Tied to the newish Superman universe, which had to this point manifested mostly in Comics format, though despite the subtitle it seems likely that Lowther's version of the Superhero is connected more closely to his own work in the 1940s as scriptwriter for the Radio ...

Goodman, Arthur

(?   -1965) US playwright in whose Alternate History play, If Booth Had Missed: A Drama of the Reconstruction Period (performed 13 May 1931 Craig Theatre, New York; 1932), the Jonbar Point is as indicated in the title. Lincoln is subsequently impeached for continuing to attempt to create a better union, and on being found not guilty is duly assassinated. [JC]

Lumley, Benjamin

(1811-1875) Canadian-born lawyer, entrepreneurial opera manager and author, who wrote at least once as Hermes; in UK from well before 1832, by which point he had permanently changed his surname from Levy. His career in opera, from 1842 to about 1863, was marked by some scandal (not unusual for the context) and his introduction of nearly thirty operas to Britain, including several by Giuseppe Verdi. His career as a novelist began late, with Sirenia; or, Recollections of a Past Existence (1863) ...

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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