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Niswonger, Charles Elliott

(1868-1918) US author of a Lost Race novel set on the Island of Feminine (see Islands), where women are Immortal and men (few in number) are slaves; the ship-wrecked narrator becomes enamoured with the Island's queen, who dies when she requites his love, as immortality and Sex do not mix. The island sinks. [JC]

Gárcia y Robertson, R

(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Flying Mountain" in Amazing for May 1987; some of his short fiction is assembled as The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures (coll 1998). Much of his work, short and long, either involves Time Travel to various eras, or is set in them; his range of protagonists is, in ethnic terms, extremely wide, and his use of characters who occupy sidebar roles in conventional versions of Western History is ...

R H Esquire

(?   -?   ) Anonymous English author who produced the first Utopia to appear after the Restoration of Charles II. New Atlantis. Begun by the Lord Verulam, Viscount St Albans: And Continued by R.H. Esquire (1660), is a plausible, if less elegant, conclusion to Francis Bacon's New Atlantis: A Work Unfinished (bound in with Sylva Sylvarum 1626; 1627 chap). Picking up on Bacon's political sympathies, this Sequel by Another Hand is explicitly pro-Royalist, presenting ...

Bluejay Books

US publishing house founded by James R Frenkel, who had previously been the editor of Dell's sf line. Bluejay Books began publishing in 1983, its books being distributed by St Martin's Press. Among its titles were Gardner Dozois's best-of-the-year anthologies (see Anthologies), books by Frenkel's wife Joan D Vinge, Dan Simmons's first novel Song of Kali (1985), Patti Perret's book of photographic studies The Faces of Science Fiction (1984) and Greg Bear's Eon (1985). Other authors included Jack ...

King, Godfré Ray

Pseudonym of US mining engineer and Theosophist (see Theosophy) Guy Warren Ballard (1878-1939), whose doctrines – he became the Messenger of the Prophet Saint Germain on a mountain in California in 1930 – were rendered in fictional form as The Magic Presence (1935), a Lost Race tale in which Lemurians are discovered Underground beneath Mount Shasta, and Unveiled Mysteries (1939), in which a second scientifically advanced City is discovered in the heart of the Sahara Desert. [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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