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One of sf's trademark Clichés is the use of rays – of any colour or none at all, inhabiting the known electromagnetic spectrum or imaginary new spectra, or entirely based on Pseudoscience – for all manner of showy and/or narratively convenient effects. Exotic rays give ambiguous aid in Medicine or spawn Mutants, but above all they provide glamorous Weapons. (For surveillance applications, see Spy-Rays.) / The Heat Ray used by H G Wells's Martians in The War of the Worlds ...

Fantasy Times

US Fanzine (1941-1969) edited by James V Taurasi Sr (1917-1991), briefly by Sam Moskowitz during World War Two, Taurasi again, and Frank Prieto Jr from 1966. Published erratically until 1946, Fantasy Times thereafter established itself as a straightforward sf and fantasy newsletter or Newszine containing news, notes and reviews. In 1957 its title changed to Science Fiction Times, and publication continued under this title until #465, in 1969. Though its contents were mostly routine records of ...

Savile, Frank

(1865-1950) UK author who began his writing career under the alias Knarf Elivas (his own names reversed) with John Ship, Mariner (1898), an historical nautical adventure set at the time of the Spanish Armada. His next novel, The Foray of the "Hendrik Hudson" (1898), the first under his own name, is a non-fantasy involving a treasure hunt across Russia and Finland in search of a Viking hoard. This sequence of nautical tales ended in a fully-fledged fantastic adventure, Beyond the Great South ...

Monster Howls

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Humour magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Robert C Sproul as Humour-Visions Incorporated. Editor: Milton Duggan. One issue only: December 1966. / Seemingly intended to test the waters for Sproul's For Monsters Only, this magazine appears to have been reasonably successful. It featured black and white photographs from various Horror and sf films, with funny captions attached. The rest of Monster Howls consisted of horror Comics and black and white ...

Kent, Ryland

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose After This (1939) segues, without undue sharpness of attack, from a realistically depicted World War Two Disaster, during which a merchant ship is blown up, into Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [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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