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Dalton, Henry Robert Samuel

(1834-1903) UK poet and author, active from 1857 to about 1890, much of whose work treated of the emancipation of women (see Feminism), and whose sf novel Lesbia Newman: A Novel (1889) depicts a profound change in UK social attitudes after the disastrous loss of Ireland and the USA in 1890, as a consequence of which the eponymous female manages to seduce the Ecumenical Council of 1900 into proclaiming the worship of women (see Women in SF). [JC]

Craig, Joe

(1981-    ) UK singer/songwriter and author of the Jimmy Coates sequence, beginning with Jimmy Coates: Killer (2005; vt Jimmy Coates: Assassin? 2005), a Young Adult novel of some interest for the intensity of its depiction of young Jimmy's dilemma: Genetically Engineered to unfold into a Superman assassin at the age of 18, he finds himself gripped by these powers several years too young. His rite of passage towards adulthood is therefore doubly fraught: internally, he is at ...

Vogt, Josh

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Soul Shop" in The Leading Edge for October 2006; his most ambitious work may be a fantasy series, The Cleaners, beginning with Enter the Janitor (2015) [series not listed below]. His sf is restricted to Ties to Videogames, though at least one, Solar Singularity (2017) with Guy Anthony De Marco and Peter J Wacks, seems to precede an actual game [for details see De Marco]. [JC]


Animation studio founded by William Hanna (1910-2001) and Joseph Barbera (1911-2006) in 1957 (initially as H-B Enterprises), following the closure of the MGM cartoon studio for which they had created the classic cat versus mouse series Tom & Jerry (1940-current). The studio was bought by Taft Broadcasting in 1966, then by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) in 1991, when Barbera and Hanna moved from being company heads to advisory positions. TBS bought Hanna-Barbera to create new material and ...

Muddock, J E Preston

(1843-1934) UK author, much travelled in early life, who published prolifically under his own name, sometimes giving his surname as Preston-Muddock (though Preston is absent from his birth records), and as by Dick Donovan; in general he restricted this pseudonym to juveniles and thrillers, including Tales of Terror (coll 1889) and The Scarlet Seal: A Tale of the Borgias (1902), the latter a witchcraft fantasy. As Muddock he published considerable nonfiction as well as Stories Weird and ...

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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