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Lovelace, Delos W

(1894-1967) US author whose King Kong: Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper: Novelization by Delos W Lovelace (1932), which novelizes the original King Kong (1933), is one of the first American film Ties of genuine sf interest. The later magazine serialization King Kong (February-March 1933 Mystery) was, however, bylined Edgar Wallace. [JC/DRL]

Alington, Adrian

(1895-1958) UK author of Sanity Island (1941) which, set on an Island not unlike Britain, is a comic Satire on political extremism and the farcical aspects of re-armament – the targets are mainly of the left. Alington's last novel, Excellency (1951), set on a fictitious Mediterranean island, repeats good-humouredly but not fantastically some of the effects of the earlier book; it was filmed as Excellency (1952). [JC]

Cohen, Sol

(1903-1984) US editor and publisher who edited the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1953. He was publisher of Galaxy between December 1962 and June 1965, and of If between November 1962 and May 1965; he launched Worlds of Tomorrow in April 1963. In 1965 Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co bought the magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic from Ziff-Davis, after which he proceeded to cut production costs by switching from monthly to bimonthly publication and running large numbers of ...

Spider, The

US Pulp magazine, 118 issues October 1933 to December 1943; monthly until February 1943, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited initially by Rogers Terrill until mid-1936 when he was elevated to Editorial Director, and then by a succession of editors until W Ryerson Johnson closed down the final issue. The Spider, one of the hero/villain pulps, began as a straightforward imitation of the highly successful The Shadow, telling of a mysterious caped avenger. The first two ...

Suddick, Louise F

(1856-1943) US poet and author whose sf novel is Zerelda: A Story of Love and Death (1899), in which a voyage to another planet is made by astral means (see Fantastic Voyages; Space Flight). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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