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Johnson, Edgar

(1912-1990) US ceramic artist and author, for whose works of sf interest in collaboration with his wife Annabel Johnson, see her entry. Johnson should not to be confused with Edgar Johnson (1901-1972), an earlier novelist. [JC]

Glynn, A A

(1929-    ) UK author, a former commercial artist and long-time newspaper journalist, well known in British Fandom during the 1950s. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Perseus" for Futuristic Science Stories #7 in 1952; other SF Magazine stories followed, including two as by Anthony Martin. His sf novels – both routine Pulp productions typical of UK publishing at the time – are Search the Dark Stars (1961), under the Badger Books House Name John E ...

Edson, Milan C

(1839-1921) US civil servant, farmer and author of Solaris Farm: A Story of the Twentieth Century (1900), an agrarian Utopia, in which physical health and cleanliness are emphasized. He was the father-in-law of Elmer Gates (1856-1923), founder of the Elmer Gates Laboratory of Psychology and Psychurgy, whose theories about stimulating brain-growth in adults were espoused by John W Campbell Jr in the 1950s. [JC]

Retro Hugo

Retrospective Hugo awards may be voted under certain circumstances to fill the perceived gap left by a past World SF Convention at which no Hugos were presented. Besides the voting of the usual Hugos for the previous year's sf, a Worldcon committee may optionally allow its members to choose Retro Hugos which might have been but were not presented at the Worldcon of 50, 75 or 100 years previously (more recently amended to any such span which is an exact multiple of 25). These awards have been ...

Hemmingson, Michael

(1966-2014) US cultural anthropologist, screenwriter and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Jack" in Midnight Zoo for 1993. His prolific output contains several works of sf interest, including Minstrels (1997), set in Near Future Paris where an American becomes embroiled in some action-thriller scenes intensified by – as in D G Compton's The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974) – his being fitted with a camera eye, transforming the world into a Media Landscape ...

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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