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Davis, Frederick C

(1902-1977) US author of pulp fiction, sometimes under pseudonyms, from 1922 or earlier. He published detective fiction in book form from the mid-1930s until the end of his active career in the late 1960s. His most interesting early work of sf interest – mainly through explanations of the one-way Moon-shaped glass helmet worn as a disguise by the crimebusting hero – was the Moon Man sequence, 39 novellas published from 1933 to 1937 in Ten Detective Aces. After the publication, ...

Sharp, Drury D

(1886-1960) US farmer turned author whose sf debut was the Lost-Race story "The Goddess of the Painted Priests" (April 1929 Weird Tales) but who subsequently made his mark in the Gernsback SF Magazines where he showed an originality of ideas and an occasional fluency of writing. His most popular story was "The Eternal Man" (August 1929 Science Wonder Stories), almost a pure Thought Experiment, where a scientist discovers an elixir of Immortality with the unfortunate side effect that it renders ...

Gardner, John [2]

(1933-1982) US author and academic who achieved popularity with his large contemporary novel, The Sunlight Dialogues (1972); much of his work is fantastic, but none of it is in fact sf [for full entry see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. His second novel, The Wreckage of Agathon (1970), is a fantasy of history set in an anachronistic Sparta; his third, Grendel (1971), mordantly recasts the Beowulf legend from the Monster's point of view, and renders – more pointedly than ...

Miller, George Noyes

(1845-1904) US and author, usually of nonfiction texts about the Utopian Oneida Community, whose radically Feminist precepts about Sex – women retain control over their sexual behaviour – are reflected and expounded in The Strike of a Sex (1890) and its sequel After the Strike of a Sex: Or Zugassent's Discovery: With the Oneida Community and the Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford (1896), both assembled as The Strike of a Sex and Zugassent's Discovery; Or, after the Sex Struck ...

Glyn Jones, Richard

(1946-    ) British illustrator, publisher, and anthologist; Americans often assume incorrectly that Glyn is his middle name and Jones his last name. He graduated from Sheffield University and went on to postgraduate work in experimental psychology. With no formal art training, he began his illustrating career with underground Comic strips before becoming, along with Mal Dean, the most important artist for New Worlds under the editorship of Michael Moorcock. He was designer ...

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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