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Margulies, Leo

(1900-1975) US publisher and editor, who joined the Frank A Munsey chain of Pulp magazines in 1932, later moving to Beacon Magazines and becoming editorial director of Thrilling Wonder Stories when Beacon began publishing that title in 1936. Margulies had overall responsibility for the entire output of the chain; this later included the magazines Captain Future, Startling Stories and Strange Stories. Because he was an aggressive short man, he was nicknamed "The Little Giant of the Pulps". One ...

Schwahn, John George

(?   -?   ) US author of The Tableau; Or, Heaven as a Republic (1892), a Utopia governed by a strict adherence to reason. [JC]

Waller, Leslie

(1923-2007) US author, also resident in Italy and London, who wrote a number of bestsellers and the novelization of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977): Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), published as by Steven Spielberg. He is sometimes credited as co-inventor of the Graphic Novel in America, with the non-sf "picture novel" It Rhymes with Lust (graph 1950) as by Drake Waller in collaboration with Comics writer Arnold Drake. [DRL]

Hastings, Milo

(1884-1957) US nutritionist, editor – for many years involved in magazine projects with Bernarr Macfadden – and author, sometimes on agricultural subjects; The Dollar Hen (1909) is a nonfiction text about hens. With striking accuracy, his Future War sf stories centre on conflict between either Japan or Germany and the rest of the world. The first of them, "In the Clutch of the War-God: The Tale of the Orient's Invasion of the Occident, as Chronicled in the Humaniculture Society's ...

Stanley, John

(1940-    ) US author, much of whose work has been devoted to nonfiction studies of Cinema Monsters. Creature Features Movie Guide: an A to Z Encyclopedia of the Cinema of the Fantastic; Or, Is There a Mad Doctor in the House? (1981) and its expansions do a competent job of justifying their titles.Stanley is of sf interest for two novels. In World War III (1976), with World War Three devastating the Chinese mainland, the outcome of the conflict is determined by the success ...

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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