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Sologub, Fyodor

Pseudonym of Russian poet and author Fyodor Kuz'mich Teternikov (1863-1927), who remains best known for his second novel, Melkii bes (1905 Voprosy zhizhi; 1907; trans John Cournos and Richard Aldington as The Little Demon 1916; new trans Andrew Field as The Petty Demon 1962); the title refers to a nearly supernatural apotheosis of numbing mediocrity, mercilessly depicted, which devours the schoolteacher protagonist, generating an intense physical Paranoia that manifests as a kind of ghost. A ...

Rehla ilal Kamar

Egyptian film (1959; vt Journey to the Moon). Delta Film Productions. Directed by Hamada Abdel Wahab. Written by Hamada Abdel Wahab. Cast includes Roushdy Abaza, Sophy Sarwait, Souad Thawrat, Edmoun Toeima, Ismaïl Yasseen and Ibrahim Youness. 90 minutes. Black and white. [Note: Journey to the Moon is the official English title given in the opening credits; the names of Wahab, Yasseen, Abaza, and Sarwait are spelled as they appear in the opening credits; the names of Toeima, Youness, and ...

Payne, Paul L

(1921-1992) US editor and author, who edited Planet Stories between 1946 and 1950, and who published some Space Operas, notably The Cructars Are Coming (Summer 1952 Two Complete Science-Adventure Books; 2008 ebook), in which Martians (see Mars) are wrongly accused of causing mass deaths on Earth. [JC]

Wright, R H

(?   -?   ) Irish-born author, in New Zealand for part of his adult life, in active service during World War One after – it seems – having stopped writing; he is recorded as surviving the war. Of sf interest among his several books is The Outer Darkness (1906), an awkward but effective early exercise in Equipoise. The protagonist, having died, is transported to another planet, whose monarch determines where he should dwell, according to his merits. ...

Douglas, Norman

(1868-1952) Austrian-born author, in UK from childhood, of superb meditative travel books and some fiction, his best-known novel being South Wind (1917 2vols). Unprofessional Tales (coll 1901) with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon (1876-1916), writing together as by Normyx, consists mainly of fantasies;one of the stories here assembled was revised, as by Douglas alone, as Nerinda (1929). In two novels of his late maturity he dramatized his strongly misogynist and persuasively ...

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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