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Arnett, Jack

House Name, initially a pseudonym of Mike McQuay, used for the Bantam Book of Justice action-adventure series with intermittent sf content, opening with The Book of Justice #1: Genocide Express (1989). Apparently McQuay wrote one volume (not necessarily the first to appear) and farmed out the rest to others; John J Miller has claimed responsibility for ...

Russell, W Clark

(1844-1911) US-born sailor (1858-1866), journalist and author, UK-based from early childhood, most of whose prolific output (something like fifty-seven novels) dealt with sailors and the sea. Of sf interest are The Frozen Pirate (1887 2vols), in which a French pirate, frozen for years in cold climes, is resuscitated briefly from this Suspended Animation and tells the narrator where there is some buried treasure; and ...

Carter, P Youngman

(1904-1969) UK artist, editor, illustrator and author, active from the early 1920s, early work including a cover for Blackkerchief Dick (1923) by Margery Allingham; they were married from 1927 until her death, after which he completed her final (nonfantastic) novel in the Albert Campion detective series and wrote two more as Youngman Carter. The first of these, Mr Campion's Farthing (1969), based on an outline by ...

Powered Armour

A now familiar device in (especially) Military SF, the most famous example being the Mobile Infantry armour described in great and plausible detail by Robert A Heinlein in Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959); this includes a jet pack for Flying. Heinlein's influence helped shape the Japanese sf trope of ...

Henley, Carra Depuy

(1869-1905) US author of A Man from Mars (1901 chap), in which a Utopia on Mars is described, in terms involving some mysticism and some cod science regarding levitation. [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 ...

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