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Curwen, Henry

(1846-1892) UK critic, journalist and author, in India from 1876, where he became editor of the Times of India. He was an early sympathetic critic of Edgar Allan Poe. Zit and Xoe: Their Early Experience (April-May 1885 Blackwood's Magazine; 1887) is a tale of Prehistoric SF told in terms of the theory of Evolution, in which two advanced apes (see Apes as Human) are forced to leave their tribe in order to progress humanwards. [JC]

Science Fantasy Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines from Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, using stories from old issues of Amazing and Fantastic Adventures, including Theodore Sturgeon's The Dreaming Jewels (February 1950 Fantastic Adventures; exp 1950; vt The Synthetic Man 1957; Fall 1970 #2). Four quarterly issues appeared, two in 1970 and two in 1971, the last three as Science Fantasy. [BS/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Calverton, V F

Pseudonym of US author George Goetz (1900-1940), who also signed himself more fully Victor Francis Calverton, and who was, as an interbellum American radical and founder of the Modern Quarterly in 1923, a significant contributor to debates on sex, literature and politics; he was notorious for espousing bohemian values; alcoholism killed him young. Among his voluminous writings is an sf novel, The Man Inside: Being the Record of the Strange Adventures of Allen Steele Among the Xulus (1936), ...

Hunt, Wray

(?1886-1951) UK author, not to be confused with the essayist Wray Hunt (?   -1897), nor probably with the 1970s horror author Wray Hunt. He is of some sf interest for The Voyage to Vineland (1933), a tale which verges on Prehistoric SF in its recounting of the interactions between Mayans and Vikings a millennium ago; Galleons' Doom Deep (1939) describes the discovery of a City five miles Under the Sea. [JC]

Breggin, Peter

(1936-    ) US medical doctor and author who has published and broadcast controversially about psychiatry and the drug industry, whose collaboration in promulgating drug-based solutions to psychiatric and other problems he deprecates; his sf novel, After the Good War: A Love Story (1972), excoriates the use of remote-control Sex as a device to control, and to dehumanize, a Dystopian twenty-third-century America. [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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