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Muir, Ward

(1878-1927) UK photographer and author whose "Further East than Asia": A Romantic Adventure (1919) is set in a Lost World – an Island in the Far East – whose inhabitants gain longevity (see Immortality) through bathing in a radioactive pool, which also gives them leprosy. [JC]

Rosen, Lev A C

(circa 1980-    ) US author of All Men of Genius (2011), a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate History shaped so that the worlds imagined in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (performed 1599-1600) and The Importance of Being Earnest (first performed 14 February 1895; 1898) by Oscar Wilde might Equipoisally co-inhabit in Victorian London and elsewhere, along with Automata and other paraphernalia characteristic of this category of tale. Gender issues are tactfully addressed ...

Hypnosis

This mildly controversial and frequently misrepresented technique of Psychology – also known in its early days as mesmerism – is generally depicted in sf as very much more rapid and reliable than any known medical hypnosis. An extreme case is Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (December 1845 American Whig Review), whose titular subject dies but remains conscious even in decay until the hypnotic compulsion is removed. Further examples of nineteenth-century ...

Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

Pulp-size magazine. Pep Publishers and Printers of Croydon, South London. Editor: uncredited, believed to have been Leslie Syddall. One undated issue; possibly November 1957. / This extremely rare publication is of historical importance since – although the exact date of publication remains unknown – it may have preceded Famous Monsters of Filmland as the first Movie Monster magazine. Contents included Horror fiction along with reviews of such current films as I Was a Teenage ...

Stoddard, Charles

Pseudonym of US author Charles Stanley Strong (1906-1962), whose sf novel, North of the Stars (1937), describes a clement Lost World near the North Pole, where a white queen rules a race of "primitive" "Eskimos". Stoddard should not be confused with the real American poet Charles Stoddard (1843-1909). [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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