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Warner, William Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of romantic adventure tales, in whose The Bridge of Time (1914), not unusually, a prince of ancient Egypt is transported by a Time Travel potion to the modern world, where he falls in love with a form of reincarnation of his original lover. Less usually, he has arrived at the beginning of World War One, in which, after due complications, he serves; surviving with the aid of his new love, who is also a nurse. [JC]

Hamlin, V T

(1900-1993) US Comics writer and artist who created the Alley Oop (which see) comic strip in 1932, initially as Prehistoric SF but later ranging much more widely via Time Travel, beginning with Alley Oop: The First Time Travel Adventure (6 March 1939-23 March 1940 Alley Oop; graph 2013); there is even a trip to the Moon in Alley Oop: Daily Strips from August 31, 1948 to November 9, 1949 (graph coll 1995). Earlier, several pre-World War Two book-length tales of Alley Oop appeared, either in the ...

Gilden, Mel

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What About us Grils?" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and whose first novels were Young Adult tales like The Return of Captain Conquer (1986) and the loosely linked Outer Space and All That Junk (1989), both comical though not spoofish, and quite compellingly told. Most of his later career has focused on series for slightly younger readers, like the Fifth Grade Monsters sequence ...


Letter-size saddle-stapled Television magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and middle-grade paper. HSJ Publications. Editor: Robert Strauss. Possibly sixteen issues on a quarterly schedule, 1984 to 1989. / One of the very few publications devoted to Fantasy and science fiction television programmes, this title is now largely forgotten but served an important purpose in the years before the Internet. Television episode guides were then almost impossible to find except as occasional ...

Ruck, Berta

(1878-1978) Indian-born author, in UK from an early age, married to Oliver Onions (1873-1961) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; of some interest for stories published in various collections such as The Post-War Girl and Other Stories (coll 1922), A Wish a Day (coll 1956) and Sherry and Ghosts (coll 1961). Of more direct sf interest is The Immortal Girl (1925), whose 45-year old protagonist takes a Drug that rejuvenates her – Serge Voronoff's monkey gland treatment is ...

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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