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Rodgers, Alan

(1959-2014) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Boy who Came Back from the Dead" in Masques #2 (anth 1987) edited by J N Williamson (1932-2005), a strongly moving fantasy tale later assembled with other work in New Life for the Dead (coll 1991). Rodgers's first novel, Blood of the Children (1989), is horror, but his second, Fire (1990), combines sf and horror in a Near-Future story in which a fundamentalist US President threatens a nuclear attack against the USSR ...

Casanova, Giacomo

(1725-1798) Venetian author, moderately prolific, variously employed; best known for his Mémoires (posthumously published in 12 volumes 1826-1838), the single-mindedness of which caused his name to pass into the language as a serial seducer of women. He wrote initially in Italian, but later moved over to French, the language in which he wrote his Fantastic-Voyage novel, Icosameron, ou Histoire d'Édouard et d'Élisabeth Qui Passèrent Quatre-Vingt-Un Ans chez les ...

Drury, Allen

(1918-1998) US author of the Advise and Consent sequence of novels depicting US political (see Politics) life from a point roughly similar to real-life 1960 and growing into a full-fledged though ultimately short-winded Future History. The bent is conservatively anti-communist, and the Satirical effects are often telling, though sometimes tendentious. The series comprises Advise and Consent (1959), which won a Pulitzer Prize, A Shade of Difference (1962), Capable of Honor (1966) and Preserve ...

Marvel Comics Super Special

US magazine-format Comic on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Marvel Comics. No editor named. Writers included Tom DeFalco, J M DeMatteis, Michael Fleischer, David Anthony Kraft, Dennis O'Neil and Marv Wolfman. Artists included Rich Buckler, Howard Chaykin, Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Marie Severin, Walt Simonson and Al Williamson (1931-2010). 40 issues from 1977 to 1986, numbered #1-#6 and #8-#41. Publication schedule was highly irregular. / This title was a vehicle for projects which ...

Old Scout, An

House Name for authors working for the Boys' Papers publisher, Frank Tousey. Of sf interest under this name is Lost in the Great Basin (5 October-30 November 1889 The Boys of New York as by Kit Clyde 1907), which sets an Underground Lost World within a Western frame; the inhabitants of this world boast a complex civilization, which does not save them. [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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