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Rocklynne, Ross

Working name of US author Ross Louis Rocklin (1913-1988) for his sf stories, most of which appeared in such magazines as Astounding from the mid-1930s up to 1947, beginning with "Man of Iron" for Astounding in 1935. He specialized in Space-Opera plots constructed around sometimes ingenious "scientific" problems, such as how to escape from the centre of a hollow planet in "At the Center of Gravity" (June 1936 Astounding), the first of the Colbie and Deverel series assembled with similar material ...

Pendexter, Hugh

(1875-1940) US author, mainly of Westerns for boys, though his first book, Tiberius Smith: As Chronicled by his Right-Hand Man Billy Campbell (coll of linked stories 1907), assembles a series of tales about Smith, beginning with "A Corner in Jurisdiction" (17 June 1905 Saturday Evening Post). The stories recount his exorbitant adventures as a big game hunter, who utilizes spoof Inventions, and the game of Baseball, to confound natives around the world in his search for exotic animals to sell to ...

Eisenberg, Larry

Working name of US author Lawrence Eisenberg (1919-2018), for many years Co-Director of the Electronics Laboratory at Rockefeller University. He began publishing sf with "The Mynah Matter" for Fantastic Stories (see Fantastic) in August 1962 as Lawrence Eisenberg, and became known for his comic sequence of stories about Emmett Duckworth; many of these were assembled – some published for the first time – in his only collection, The Best Laid Schemes (coll 1971); a further eight ...

Arai Motoko

(1960-    ) Japanese sf and crime author, mainly in the Young Adult market, whose breathless, chatty style was an early harbinger of the Light Novels that dominate modern juvenile publishing in Japan. Aged seventeen, Arai first found fame in a magazine competition judged by the three most prominent sf authors in Japan, when her submission Atashi no Naka no ... ["Inside Me ..."] (February 1978 Kisō Tengai; 1978) was rejected by both Yasutaka Tsutsui and Sakyō ...

Appleby, Steven

(1956-    ) UK/Canadian cartoonist, holding dual nationality, whose mildly surreal sf comic strip Captain Star appeared in New Musical Express from 1984, and subsequently in The Observer, Die Zeit and SFX 1998-1999. Early adventures of Captain Star's dysfunctional crew on their Spaceship The Boiling Hell are assembled as Rockets: A Way of Life by Captain J. Star (graph coll 1988) and inspired the ITV animated cartoon series Captain Star (1997-1998), which ran to thirteen ...

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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