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Wallace, Irving

(1916-1990) US screenwriter and author, active from before World War Two with a series of bestselling novels beginning with The Chapman Report (1961). He is of sf interest for The Three Sirens (1963), a tale with Lost Race implications set in an unknown Polynesian Island whose inhabitants are descendants of an Englishman. His embrace of the mores of those he meets (see Sex) has extravagant consequences in the twentieth century, after a team of Anthropologists arrives. In The Man (1964), a Black ...

Phillips, Donald G

(?   -    ) US author of a Tie for the Battletech Wargame universe, Battletech: Star Lord (1996). [JC]

Nexus [magazine]

1. UK Semiprozine published and edited by Paul Brazier, SF Nexus, Brighton; three issues, letter-size on glossy stock, April 1991 to Spring 1993. Intended as a magazine of opinion, chiefly about science fiction, it ran several short stories by Scott Edelman, Christina Lake and Geoff Ryman, but was mostly composed of articles, frequently humorous or simply facetious; two were contributed by David Langford. It even managed to run "A Science Fiction Prayer" (Spring 1992) by Lionel Fanthorpe. ...

Fowler, George

(?   -?   ) US author – his identity is uncertain – of an early American example of Proto SF, A Flight to the Moon; or, The Vision of Randalthus (1813); though it is an angel which transports the protagonist to the Moon in what turns out to be a dream. Randalthus's observations are rationalist within that frame, and include speculations on Evolution and the death of the Sun, which he also visits. [JC]

Pollock, Walter Herries

(1850-1926) UK editor, man-of-letters and author, some of whose work is of sf interest, though "Sir Jocelyn's Cap", his collaboration with Walter Besant in the latter's Uncle Jack, etc. (coll 1885), is fantasy. Other fantasy tales are assembled in A Nine Men's Morrice: Stories Collected and Re-Collected (coll 1889) and King Zub, and Other Stories (coll 1893). Of more sf interest is He (1887) with Andrew Lang, a kindly Parody of H Rider Haggard's She (full text 1887). [JC]

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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