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Gordon, Jane

(?   -    ) UK author of Stepford Husbands (1996), an sf Satire in which a scientist offers to treat the husbands of four frustrated women with the new Drug Manifold, which will make them malleable; the consequences are various. [JC]


Before the late 1940s, sf short stories, novellas and novelettes (see Hugo for definitions) were largely restricted to Magazines. (Magazines are, of course, a form of anthology, but they are not so counted in this encyclopedia.) Since then, increasingly, many readers have been introduced to sf through stories collected in books. Books are less fragile, kept in print longer, available in libraries and (especially for young readers in the days of the lurid Pulp magazines) more acceptable to ...

Du Bois, Gaylord

(1899-1993) US Comics writer, with over 3000 comic-book scripts credited to him under his own (which he also gave as DuBois) and other names, including Hal Forrest and Buck Wilson; he also wrote a number of Big Little Books. He specialized in non-fantastic animal stories, and in Westerns, and his work in the fantastic is generally restricted to cartoon characters like Raggedy Ann or Uncle Wiggily. Of his books, two are of sf interest: The Hurricane Kids on the Lost Islands (1941) with Oskar ...

Brophy, Brigid

(1929-1995) UK author whose first collection, The Crown Princess & Other Stories (coll 1953), contains a nostalgic fantasy, "Late Afternoon of a Faun", and whose second, The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (coll 1973), assembles a series of fables and Satires, also told as fantasies. Her first novel of interest is Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), an Apes as Human tale set in Regent's Park Zoo in very Near Future London, where the eponymous ape, under observation as a ...

Telano, Rolf

Pseudonym of US author Ralph Merridette Holland (1899-1962) whose sf novel, the awkwardly fictionalized A Spacewoman Speaks (1960), purports to be a series of elucidatory messages delivered by a wise woman from Venus, during the course of which we learn about UFOs, Reincarnation, Lost Races and worlds Underground. [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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