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Crommelin, May

Working name of Irish author Mary Henriette de la Cherois Crommelin (1849-1930), mostly in England from around 1885, active as a writer of romantic novels – many of them historicals – from 1874; she worked in at least three London hospitals during World War One. Of some sf interest is The Luck of a Lowland Laddie (1900), an adventure set in South America whose protagonists are chased for several chapters by a carnivorous tree. Despite its title, The Isle of the Dead (1911), set on ...

Servello, Joe

(1932-    ) American artist, apparently a lifelong resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Online biographies report generally that Servello has worked as an actor, art and drama teacher, and art director for television, but no specific information is provided. As a commercial artist, Servello is best known as an illustrator of children's books; his most prominent assignments were the covers and interior art for several juvenile novels by William Kotzwinkle, for which he usually ...

Farrère, Claude

Pseudonym of French naval officer and author Frédéric Charles Pierre Édouard Bargone (1876-1957), who served in the French armed forces throughout World War One; he is known mainly for exoticized "colonial" novels after the model of Pierre Loti (1850-1923). Fumée d'opium (coll of linked stories 1904; trans Samuel Putnam as Black Opium 1929) contains a range of Drug fantasies; some of the stories in the untranslated Contes d'outre et d'autres mondes ["Tales of Beyond ...

Paul, Frank R

(1884-1963) American artist, born in Austria. He studied art in Vienna and Paris before moving to London to obtain additional training in architecture, which later became one of his professions, as he designed several buildings in New York City while also earning money by illustrating textbooks. After emigrating to New York in 1906, Paul initially drew political cartoons for a newspaper before meeting fellow immigrant Hugo Gernsback, who hired him to do artwork for his magazine The Electrical ...

Carriger, Gail

Pseudonym of US archaeologist and author Tofa Borregaard (1976-    ), who published some early short fiction under her real name, beginning with "A Kind of Malice" in Space and Time for 1999. As Carriger, she has focused almost exclusively on the Parasol Protectorate sequence – the central volumes of which are Soulless (2009), Changeless (2010), Blameless (2010), Heartless (2011) and Timeless (2012) – set in a blamelessly Equipoisal Alternate World version of ...

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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