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Sutherland, John

(1938-    ) UK academic, newspaper columnist and author; Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Struldbrugg Reaction" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for July 1964; a second story appeared in the following year in Worlds of Tomorrow. / A specialist in Victorian and twentieth-century fiction, Sutherland is best known for a series of ...

Page, Spider

Pseudonym of US author Donald Graham Cormack (1909-2002), active in the Pulp magazines beginning with his first recorded sale "Revolt of the Circus Freaks" (October/November 1938 Horror Stories); his Blue Steel #1: The Ultimate Answer to Evil (1979) had originally been written as "Slaughter, Inc" in 1943 to continue the Spider sequence (see Norvell W Page) in Spider, but was not printed then due to the closure of the magazine. Copyright considerations explain the change of name to Blue Steel. ...

On Spec

Canadian Semiprozine, Digest-size, perfect bound (from Fall 1991), around 96pp, published by The Copper Pig Collective, Edmonton, which arose out of a writers' group at the University of Alberta. The original General Editor was Marianne O Nielson, but she retired after the Spring 1992 issue and thereafter it has been edited by a collective, which has included over time Catherine Girczyc, Barry Hammond, Susan MacGregor, Hazel Sangster, Jena Snyder and Diane L Walton, and which operates through ...

Ross, Adrian

(1859-1933) Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Reed Ropes, mostly remembered for his one Horror novel, The Hole of the Pit (1914). A Cambridge don, he edited books in the original French and German by such authors as Jules Verne and Erckmann-Chatrian. He later went on to a career as a lyricist for musical comedies and light operettas, also publishing numerous poems. The Hole of the Pit, set during the English Civil War of 1642-1651, has often been compared to the work of William Hope Hodgson. Its ...

Goldfrap, John Henry

(1879-1917) UK-born US journalist – his family moved to America in 1894 and settled in California – and author of various series of adventures for boys, almost always featuring two or more chums. Goldfrap always wrote under Pseudonyms. His series – only some of sf interest – include the Ocean Wireless Boys; the Boy Aviator Series of Airplane Boys stories, of which one volume, The Boy Aviators in Africa; Or, An Aerial Ivory Trail (1910), is a Lost Race tale involving 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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