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Armstrong, Anthony

Working name of Canadian-born author and journalist George Anthony Armstrong Willis (1897-1976), in the UK from infancy, in active service during World War One; a regular contributor to the magazine Punch, usually signing himself A. A. Armstrong began writing as a novelist with two historical fantasies, The Lure of the Past (1920) and The Love of Prince Raameses (1921), which were linked by the common theme of Reincarnation. The historical framework was again used in his Lost World adventure, ...

Avon Comics

US Comics publisher, a division of Avon Books which published several sf and Horror titles between 1945 and 1955, when the imprint was discontinued. One title of some note was the anthology comic Strange Worlds, which saw eighteen issues on an irregular schedule from 1950 to 1952. This printed work by Alvin C Hollingsworth (1928-2000) – one of the first African-American comics artists – Joe Kubert (1926-2012), Joe Orlando (1927-1998) and Wally Wood. Strange Worlds stories were ...

Kiodomari Allan

Most widely used pen-name of Yukie Mizushima (1910-2008), a Japanese author and interpreter, also sometimes credited variously as Aran Kyōdomari, Tarō Mizushima, Ribō, Zeo Kiodomari and Tarō Urashima. The son of the painter and author Niō Mizushima (1884-1958), Kiodomari was born with strong affinities to Japan's intellectual, modernist and artistic communities. A renowned polyglot, supposedly conversant to some extent in thirty languages, he also created his own, ...

Herwer, Chris

Probably the working name of Hans Thorvald Johan Chris Herwer (1877-1949), a US painter whose sf novel is Dwellers in the Temple of Mondama: By Chris Herwer, H S D, Under the Guidance and Inspiration of the Ancient Lemurian Master G O Numa (1949), a Prehistoric SF tale set 81,000 years ago in Lemuria (see Atlantis), where a young couple are brought up in a vast temple and after breeding are ordered to leave home for ever as missionaries; which they do. [JC/SH]

Lawrence, J A

(1940-    ) US illustrator and author, long resident in Greece, married to James Blish from 1964 until his death in 1975, collaborating with him on "Getting Along" (in Again, Dangerous Visions, anth 1972, ed Harlan Ellison) and – sometimes without credit – on many of the stories and some of the Ties he wrote for the Star Trek enterprise. She was credited as co-author of Star Trek 12 (coll 1977) and was solely responsible for Star Trek: Mudd's Angels (1978; vt ...

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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