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Jepson, Selwyn

(1899-1989) UK screenwriter and author, son of Edgar Jepson; most of his novels are mysteries, though The Death Gong: A Chivalrous Outburst (1927), in which vibrations from the eponymous gong kill scientists, is marginal sf. [JC]


"Time," a character explains in Ray Cummings's The Girl in the Golden Atom (stories 5 March 1919, 24 January-24 February 1920 All-Story Weekly; fixup 1921), "is what keeps everything from happening at once." This enormously broad sf theme is dealt with under several encyclopedia headwords, of which the most important is Time Travel. Physical travel through time is traditionally accomplished either by imaginary Technology in the form of a Time Machine, through the more or less "natural" accident ...

Suttner, Baroness Bertha von

(1843-1914) Austrian journalist, editor and author, famed for her pacifism, for which she became famous after the publication of her novel, Die Waffen Nieder! ["Lay Down Your Arms"] (1889). She is of sf interest for Der Menschheit Hochgedanken: Roman aus der nächsten Zukunft (1911; trans Nathan Haskell Dole as When Thoughts Will Soar: A Romance of the Immediate Future 1914), a Near Future tale in which the solution to international conflict is the Pax Aeronautica, as espoused and ...

Passingham, W J

(1897-1957) UK journalist who wrote several science-fiction serials for the popular weeklies in the 1930s, none of which was reprinted in book form. Passingham's interest in the progress of science was evident from several articles he wrote for London weekly papers such as "Today's Sky-Baby May be Tomorrow's Flying Giant" (18 January 1936 The Passing Show), which profiled the early Rockets pioneers Max Valier and Robert H Goddard (1882-1945). His's first serial was "The Broadcast Murders" (29 ...

Petrucha, Stefan

(1959-    ) US author of Graphic Novels and Ties and some independent series and volumes for the Young Adult market, some of them of sf and horror interest. Sequences include the Timetripper tales, beginning with Timetripper Book One: Yestermorrow (2006), set in the world of his Comic, Squalor; and the Wicked Dead sequence of horror tales beginning with Wicked Dead #1: Lurker (2007) with Thomas Pendleton; his Nancy Drew series of graphic novels tied to the long-time ...

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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