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Prentice, Harry

(?   -?   ) US author, possibly a pseudonym of James Otis Kaler; The King of Apeland: The Wonderful Adventures of a Young Animal Trainer (1888; vt The Boy Explorers: Or, How Philip Garland Became King of Apeland 1892) is effectively an unacknowledged translation of Leon Gozlan's Les Émotions de Polydore Marasquin; ou, Trois mois parmi les singes (1856 Journal Pour Tous; 1857; trans anon as title story of The Man Among the Monkeys; Or, Ninety Days in Apeland, ...

Herbert, A P

(1890-1971) UK humorist, author and politician – an Independent MP from 1935 to 1950. He was prolific for 60 years after he began publishing light verse in Punch, some of it fantastic, around 1910. From 1917 his Punch work was signed A.P.H. The Secret Battle (1919) – a nonfantastic novel about the judicial murder by the British army of an officer whose tactical savvy is misinterpreted by his privileged senior – reflected the effect World War One had upon him after three years ...

Dedman, Stephen

(1959-    ) Australian author, editor and scripter of fantasy Role Playing Games who began publishing work of genre interest with "Report on Proposed Demolition of Sydney Opera House" for Artlook in 1977, and who came to international notice – after releasing a self-published novelette, The Dirty Little Unicorn (1987 chap) – with The Art of Arrow Cutting (1997), a Near Future noir thriller set in the mean streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles. This tale ...

Price, Roger

(1918-1990) US television personality, cartoonist and author, best known for the comic cartoons he called Droodles – simple sketches or diagrams that make no sense without their joky captions, such as a panel of scattered blots described as "Measles Waiting To Be Caught"; these were first published as Droodles (graph 1953). The protagonist of In One Head and Out the Other (1954) "had a clever trick of saying any conceivable sentence so that it sounded like 'I had one grunch but the ...

Freed, Alexander

(?   -    ) US author of Videogames – including work on Star Wars: The Old Republic – Comics, Role Playing Games, and some fiction, most of this output contributed to the Star Wars universe. A game-based novel example is Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company (2015). There is every evidence that his work is competent. [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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