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Glyn, Coralie

(1866-1928) UK author whose work focused on the social problems of working-class women – she herself was a member of the Carr Glyn family, sister of the fourth Baron Wolverton, and related by marriage to Charles Kingsley [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Idyll of the Star-Flower (1895) concerns the early-Christian quest of a Norseman for the eponymous flower, which will heal the world if ...

Anthony, Piers

Working name of US author Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (1934-    ) for all his published work. Born in England, he was educated in the USA and took out US citizenship in 1958, beginning to publish short stories with "Possible to Rue" for Fantastic in April 1963, and for the next decade appearing fairly frequently in the magazines, though he has more and more concentrated on longer forms; early work is fairly represented in Anthonology ...

Cave, Peter

(1940-    ) UK author who has only occasionally published work in the fantastic, the first known examples being "Cry Martian" in Impulse (see Science Fantasy) for May 1966 as Peter L Cave and "Scoop!" in Tit-Bits for 16 September 1967. From 1971 he wrote various Sex novels [not listed below] as by Petra Christian, both solo and in collaboration with Christopher ...

Gorman, J T

(1869-?   ) UK author of Young Adult books, usually of a military cast; he often signed himself Major J T Gorman. Of sf interest is Gorilla Gold (1937), whose young heroes traverse Africa in an autogiro, meeting a giant white gorilla and a pterodactyl en route. [JC]


Board and counter Wargame (1979). Task Force Games (TFG). Designed by Stephen Cole. / The first edition of Starfire is a tactical space combat Wargame played on a two-dimensional map, based on a game of the same name released in 1976 by J P Publications / Eagle Games which received very limited distribution. Both the first Task Force Games version and its 1976 predecessor use an intuitive rather than a Newtonian approach ...

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 ...

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