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Hoyle, Trevor

Pseudonym of UK author Trevor Smith (1940-    ) who has also written at least one book as by Joseph Rance. Most unusually, Hoyle has been able to apply an erudite surrealism to works directed towards a mass market, though he had not, however, yet mastered this technique for his first novel, The Relatively Constant Copywriter (1972), a dourly joky Fabulation which he self-published. He remains best known for his Q series – Q: Seeking the Mythical Future (1977), Q: ...

Ross, Olin J

(1858-1941) US author of The Sky Blue: A Tale of the Iron Horse and of the Coming Civilization (1904), in which, by virtue of railroads (see Transportation), a new civilization is created in the Near Future. [JC]

Starling, Caitlin

(?   -     ) US interactive game designer and author who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Luminous Dead (2019), is set mostly Underground on a planet exploited primarily for its mineral deposits (see Colonization of Other Worlds); the protagonist, contracted to explore yet unknown cave systems for further resources, finds herself caught between the chthonic "Monsters" she discovers, and the ruthless corporation that employs her. Her subsequent ...

Delorme, Charles

Pseudonym of French-born author Charles Rumball (1825-1894), in UK in early life, in Canada from 1844, where he had a small reputation, in London, Ontario and elsewhere, for his burlesque writings. The Marvellous and Incredible Adventures of Charles Thunderbolt, in the Moon (1851), composed as a juvenile, is intriguingly detailed in its description of a steam-driven Spaceship which carries the eponymous Thunderbolt to the Moon and Jupiter. [JC/MA]

Ariel: The Book of Fantasy

Large-letter-size US magazine/anthology (12 x 9 in; about 305 x 230 mm), only the first issue (Autumn 1976) of which is unequivocally designated a magazine, and was made up almost exclusively of original material; the three remaining issues or volumes (1977, April and October 1978) typically presented reprint stories with new illustrations. All four were edited by Thomas Durwood. Ariel was lavishly produced on glossy paper, emphasizing fantastic art and Heroic Fantasy, including episodes of the ...

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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