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Taylor, Jefferys

(1792-1853) UK author, one of several children of Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), an engraver and author; most of Jefferys Taylor's siblings published books, including Isaac Taylor, not to be confused with their father. He is of some sf interest for The Young Islanders; Or, the School-Boy Crusoes: A Tale of the Last Century (1842), a Robinsonade describing the adventures of a group of lads cast away on a deserted Island, where they discover relics of a Lost Race. [JC]

From the Drain

Film (1967). Produced by David Cronenberg and Stefan Nosko. Directed and written by Cronenberg. Cast comprises Stefan Nosko and Mort Ritts. 14 minutes. Colour. / Two men are in a bathtub. The first (Ritts, who starred in David Cronenberg's first student film, Transfer [1966]) is sat at the plughole-end of the bath and proceeds to ask a series of insinuating and increasingly malevolent questions of the other (Nosko), who displays Paranoia about the possibility of "tendrils" emerging from the ...

Hoffman, Lee

Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote ...

Lundberg, Jason Erik

(1975-    ) US author and editor, in Singapore since 2007, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Songstress" in Electric Velocipede for Fall 2003. Further stories appeared in numerous venues, the author's first collection being Red Dot Irreal: Equatorial Fantastika (coll 2011) [see Checklist below for subsequent titles]. He has edited a number of Anthologies, many promoting new sf and Fantastika from his adopted country and Southeast Asia in general: these ...

Fort, Charles

(1874-1932) US journalist and author whose first work, The Outcast Manufacturers (1909), is a novel only remotely connected to his later interests. He also wrote numerous usually realistic, and often humorous, short stories including a satirical fantasy, "A Radical Corpuscle" (March 1906 Tom Watson's Magazine), before settling into the work for which he is remembered. Working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series 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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