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Hodgart, Matthew

(1916-1996) UK academic, Professor of English at Sussex University from 1964. His continuation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), A New Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms [for subtitle see Checklist] (1969 chap), is a Satire on the 1960s upheavals in higher education in the UK. [JC] see also: Gulliver. /

Wongar, B

Apparent pseudonym of Yugoslav-born author Streten Bozic (1932-    ), in Australia from 1960; for some time, both names gave pause to researchers, as "Streten Bozic" could apparently be understood to mean "Merry Christmas" in Serbian, and "Birimbir Wongar" can be translated, from an Arnhem Land Aboriginal tongue, as something like "Dreaming Soul or Visitor", and "Banumbir Wongar", a version of the name used for a period, can be translated as something like "Spirit ...

Childerhose, R J Chick

(1928-    ) Canadian author whose non-sf books are usually bylined R J Childerhose. His The Man Who Wanted to Save Canada: A Prophetic Novel (1975) plunges a protagonist from Western Canada into Near Future problems with Québécois secessionists and even more complicated intrigues in Washington, District of Columbia. [JC]

Van Arnam, Dave

Working name of US author David G Van Arnam (1935-2002), who insisted on the capital V (not van Arnam). He began publishing sf with Lost in Space (1967) with Ron Archer (Ted White), a novelization from the television series Lost in Space. Sideslip (1968) was also written with White, who this time used his own name; the protagonist of this Alternate-World tale finds himself in a different 1968 New York where Aliens have ruled Earth since 1938, incidentally preventing World War Two. Further ...

Harmon, Jim

Working name of US author and Radio producer James Judson Harmon (1933-2010), who began publishing sf professionally with "The Smuggler" for Spaceway in April 1954 and became active in the magazine field. He published at least 40 lively sf stories, chiefly for Galaxy and If in the 1950s and 1960s; a selection from this material was eventually assembled as Harmon's Galaxy (coll 2004). Harmon's sole sf novel, The Contested Earth, written in 1959 and dealing with global sterility, was published ...

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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