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Ridyard, Jennifer

(1971-    ) UK-born author, copywriter and journalist, in South Africa from an early age and working for newspapers there 1994-2004; more recently in Ireland with her partner, John Connolly. She has collaborated with Connolly on a Young Adult sf sequence, The Chronicles of the Invaders series beginning with Conquest (2013) [for details see his entry]. [JC]

H P Lovecraft

Also known as "Lovecraft". US acid-rock band, named, obviously, in honour of H P Lovecraft. Their first two of the band's albums (H.P. Lovecraft, 1967; H.P. Lovecraft II, 1969) include a number of covers of songs by the Beatles and Moby Grape, but also two striking song versions of Lovecraftian short stories: the hallucinogenic anthem "The White Ship" on the former, and "At the Mountains of Madness" on the latter, referencing Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness (cut February 1936 ...

Elam, Richard M, Jr

(1920-2013) US author whose early work was chiefly written for young readers, often aimed at teenage boys; after about 1965 he pursued other interests. Much of his output was sf, including a number of short works which appeared in such non-sf publications as Boys' Life. His first sf book was Teen-age Science Fiction Stories (coll 1952; vt Young Reader's Science Fiction Stories 1957; vt Science Fiction Stories 1964); several of the tales assembled involve Space Flight. Teen-Age Super Science ...


In this encyclopedia, a pilotable or remote-operable machine, often bipedal or otherwise humanoid in form, encompassing the city-stomping war machines of Anime and the Powered Armour suits of numerous sf shows. / Strictly speaking, the term mecha originates in Japanese from the English "mechanism", and refers to any form of machinery. A concentration on the workings or design of a particular machine is not uncommon in Manga, particularly those in which a named creator has many art ...

O'Nair, Mairi

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Constance May Evans (1888-1982), in the UK from before World War One, who specialized in romance novels (at least 100 of them) between 1932 and 1971, under her own name and as O'Nair. Of sf interest is The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes (coll of linked stories 1935), featuring a young woman detective with the power of Telepathy, which helps her solve her cases. [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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