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Norris, Frank

(1907-1967) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Nutro 29: A Romance (1950), in which the Invention of a Food Pill, which eliminates any need to treat feeding the world as subject to considerations of scarcity, is received coldly by those in power. He should not be confused with the author Frank Norris (1870-1902). [JC]

Coon, Horace C

(1897-1961) US author, usually of nonfiction on cultural and political and business issues, in whose 43,000 Years Later (1958) Aliens come to a Ruined Earth, become intrigued by the civilization that had destroyed itself 43,000 years before (see Ruins and Futurity), and, through records, explore the twentieth-century world to Satirical effect. They spend much of their time in New York, where at one point the dramatic fate of the Statue of Liberty is re-visioned by the visitors, who eventually ...

Derennes, Charles

(1882-1930) French author who served as a medic during World War One; he was initially associated with the Mercure de France, a relatively avant-garde journal whose book-publishing arm released his first novel of sf interest, Le peuple du Pôle (1907; trans Brian Stableford in The People of the Pole 2008), which gave the tale unusual prominence for an ostensible entertainment. The story told – in a traditional Hollow Earth venue, which is reached by Balloon via the North Pole, ...

Pollock, Tom

(1984-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Two Hands at Heartbreak House" in Pantechnicon for December 2007. His Skyscraper Throne sequence beginning with The City's Son (2012), though technically Urban Fantasy in the commercial twenty-first century sense, focuses less on supernatural or paranormal entrepreneurs like Vampires or Werewolves than on a vision of London conceived of part Edifice, part Underground hall of mirrors malignly reflecting ...

Boys' Life

US monthly Magazine for boys in Boy Scouting, and the leading US equivalent of the UK's Boys' Papers. Claiming 1.1 million circulation in 2009, Boys' Life aims to provide wholesome reading for boys aged 9 to 15. Founded in 1911 by George S Barton, the magazine was purchased in 1912 by the Boy Scouts of America, who remain its publisher. Beginning at 6.5 by 9.25 in (165 x 235 mm), in 1912 the Boys' Life format became nearly digest-sized. It grew in 1921 to a Slick-sized 10.5 x 14 in (267 x 356 ...

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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