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Roy, Lillian Elizabeth

(1868-1932) US author perhaps best known for the Polly Brewster series of adventure stories for girls; of some sf interest, The Prince of Atlantis (1929) describes the flight of Atlanteans from volcano-shattered Atlantis; most end up in the headwaters of the Nile, though some have stayed to embed the secret of Atlantis in the Sphinx, which they have constructed for that purpose. [JC]

Kagarlitski, Julius

(1926-2000) Russian critic and professor of European drama at the State Theatrical Institute in Moscow. One of the leading Russian critics to have a strong interest in sf, Kagarlitski published the first and most comprehensive study in the then USSR of an individual sf author: Gerbert Uells (1963; trans Moura Budberg as The Life and Thought of H.G. Wells 1966; considerably rev and exp vt Vgliadyvaias v griadushchee ["Staring into the Future"] 1989). He later edited a fifteen-volume set of H G ...

Edgar, Ken

(1925-1991) US academic and author, whose sole sf work is a Young Adult tale, The Starfire (1961), a kind of Fantastic Voyage to various planets undertaken by a young lad whose Inventions include a space ship and Matter Transmission. [JC]

Aikin, Jim

Working name of US author James Douglas Aikin (1948-    ), most of whose books are technical manuals for producing electronic music. His first sf novel, Walk the Moons Road (1985), gives operatic colour to a moderately intricate Planetary Romance featuring Aliens, humans, seas, Politics and Sex on a planet which is not Earth. His second novel, The Wall at the Edge of the World (1993), more ambitiously sets its protagonist – a non-Telepath in a Post-Holocaust society ...

Owlflight

US Semiprozine published in letter-size format by Unique Graphics, Oakland, California and edited by Millea Kenin. Five issues, undated, from early 1981 to Spring 1986, though the final issue appeared three years after the previous. It bore the subtitle "Alternative Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy", as it sought to be a market for those stories that found no home elsewhere. Most of the stories were, in fact, fantasy or supernatural, and most of the science fiction imagery emerged in ...

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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