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Corkran, Alice

(1856-1916) UK journalist and author, for many years (dates not known) the partner of Richard Whiteing. She is of mild interest for the title story assembled in Mrs Wishing-to-be and Other Stories (coll 1883), in which an implausibly described broomstick-like Spaceship takes the protagonist to the Moon; and for Down the Snow Stairs; Or, From Good-Night to Good-Morning (1887) in which a staircase leads into a Hollow Earth or (just as plausibly) a Wonderland like found in Lewis Carroll's Alice ...

Rieder, John

(1952-    ) US academic with the Department of English at the University of Hawaii from 1980 until he retired in 2018; a member of the editorial board of Extrapolation. His Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction (2008) is an important study of the colonialism and Imperialism themes in sf (including Gothic SF) from its beginnings to the mid-twentieth century; among the authors discussed are Edwin A Abbott, Edward Bellamy, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John W Campbell, ...

Kerr, A W

(1848-1934) Scottish author of Space: A Mirage (1913), in which an extremely early version of the Galactic Empire is sketched, though in allegorical terms involving spiritually advanced "celestials" who watch and ward over Earth, despite opposition from the Sardonics who inhabit a planet of that name. [JC]

Wallace, F L

(1915-2004) US mechanical engineer and author who began publishing sf with "Hideaway" for Astounding in 1951, but was more strongly associated with Galaxy in the 1950s, the period of his greatest activity, where he quickly established a reputation for style, wit and emotional depth. Worlds in Balance (coll 1955) assembles two typical stories, but he never put together a full collection of his work, and left the field around 1960. In Address: Centauri (April 1952 Galaxy as "Accidental Flight"; ...

Hoffmann, Ada

Pseudonym of a Canadian author (?   -    ) whose legal name, under which she has published academic nonfiction, has not been revealed; she began to release work of genre interest with "The Chartreuse Monster" in Expanded Horizons for July 2010. Monsters in My Mind (coll 2017) assembles this tale, along with nearly fifty additional stories, the collection comprising most of her work in short forms, most of it fantastic but with little sf. Her first novel, The ...

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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