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Forrest, Aston

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ) – probably UK – of the sf tale which makes up the bulk of The Extraordinary Islanders: Being an Authoritative Account of the Cruise of the "Asphodel", as Related by her Owner (coll 1903); his second story, much shorter, is of little sf interest. The sf story is a Satire on the now antiquated version of the Imaginary Voyage genre in which travellers discover Island societies whose characteristics ...

Martyn, Wyndham

Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from around 1905, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date. Most of his thrillers involve secret agents, without fantastic content; the Anthony Trent sequence features a criminal who solves mysteries the police cannot. Nightmare Castle (1935) is a ...

Thompson, E P

(1924-1993) UK historian and author, father of Kate Thompson; his highly articulate Marxist interpretation of the last centuries of UK history is best expressed in The Making of the English Working Class (1963). His studies of William Morris – William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) and The Communism of William Morris (1965 chap) – are of sf interest; his only novel, The Sykaos Papers: Being an Account of the Voyages of the Poet Oi Pas to the System of Strim in the ...

Harris, Chuck

Working name of UK author, editor and fan Charles Harris (1927-1999), active throughout the 1950s, when he was a founding editor of Hyphen (which see) and among the founders of OMPA and the TransAtlantic Fan Fund (see Fan Funds). He began to publish fiction with the short-short "Absolutely No Deception" in Slant for Autumn 1950; his one professional sale was the Werewolf story "Omega" (April 1954 Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine). These tales are collected in the posthumous Creative ...

Hangar 18

Film (1980). Sunn Classic Pictures. Directed by James L Conway. Written by Tom Chapman, James L Conway, Stephen Lord (uncredited) and David O'Malley (uncredited) and Ken Pettus (as Steven Thornley). Cast includes Gary Collins, James Hampton, Darren McGavin and Robert Vaughn. 97 minutes. Colour. / After receiving congratulations from the President on their Space Flight mission, a space shuttle's crew members launch a satellite ... right into a passing flying saucer (see UFOs). The saucer ...

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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