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Montague, Charles Howard

(1858-1889) US editor, journalist and author whose Two Strokes of the Bell: A Strange Story (1886) deals melodramatically with Amnesia in a supernatural frame. Of more sf interest is The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Clement Milton Hammond, where a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the existence of the soul. [JC]

Tales of the Unanticipated

US letter-size Semiprozine, known affectionately as ToTU, which was originally published by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society from Fall 1986, but became an independent magazine from issue #24 (July 2003). It has been edited throughout by Eric M Heideman. For the first eighteen issues it appeared at the rate of roughly three issues every two years; the schedule became annual from August 1998, switching to a slightly smaller, near-standard format (9.75 x 7.5 in; 245 x 190mm) from issue #20 ...

Wilson, Robert Hendrie

(1944-    ) Scottish journalist, travel writer and author of four Genre SF tales for Robert Hale Limited, beginning with The Gods Alone (1975). [JC]

Brookmyre, Christopher

(1968-    ) UK author who remains best known for his Jack Parlabane sequence of noir thrillers, beginning with his first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning (1996), and all featuring an investigative reporter profoundly at odds with the powers that be. His first tale to contain fantasy elements, Pandaemonium (2009) plays, not entirely successfully, an Equipoisal game with uneasily matched registers of story: Scientists at a military research establishment, whose work is ...

MacLeod, Angus

(1906-1978) Scottish author of fiction and plays for Radio. His sf novels are The Body's Guest (1958), in which a yoga machine built by an Indian physicist switches identities (see Identity Exchange) between nine Scots and a bull, with mildly amusing results, and The Eighth Seal (1962), set on a Scottish Island where a Mad Scientist is involved in a scheme to leucotomize the human race, whether in order to save or to damn it being unclear. [JC/PN]

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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