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Gernsback, Hugo

Working and perhaps eventually legal name of Luxembourg-born US inventor, author, editor and publisher Hugo Gernsbacher (1884-1967), who emigrated to America in 1904 to market his various minor inventions. A successful catalogue of radio parts led to a focus on publishing magazines, mostly dealing with practical science or sf, though his most popular magazine may have been the mildly scandalous Sexology. Gernsback made important contributions to the growth and development of modern sf as a ...

Sloley, Emma

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author, in US from 2003, who is of sf interest for her first novel, Disaster's Children (2019), a very Near Future Young Adult tale set mostly in a remote rural ranch compound (see Keep) occupied by the very rich, who are planning to dodge the Climate Change catastrophe more and more dominating the outside world, which they call the Disaster. The young protagonist falls in love with a Mysterious Stranger, but there is no ...

Pomerleau, Luc

(1955-    ) French-speaking Canadian physics graduate, technical translator, editor of the French-language Quebec sf magazine Solaris since 1986, and sf and comics critic. He wrote the section on Francophone sf in the Canada entry of this encyclopedia's second edition. [PN]

Kerr, Alvah Milton

(1853-1924) US author active from 1888, who began publishing work of genre interest with "At the Styx's Marge" for Munsey's Magazine in March 1896, and whose Young Adult novel, Two Young Inventors: The Story of a Flying Boat (1904), describes the eponymous Invention and the lads' adventures piloting it. Kerr's late-life involvement in Theosophy seems not to have impacted on this earlier work. [JC]

Jennings, Gordon

(1896-1953) Special effects pioneer who worked on nearly 200 films in his long career. These included Dr Cyclops (1940), and the supernatural comedy-romance I Married a Witch (1942). He is of most importance to the sf film for overseeing the effects for The War of the Worlds (1953). Unfortunately Jennings died before this film's release and subsequent great success. [GSt]

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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