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With sf/fantasy long a subject for academic study, especially in the USA, many major institutional collections have been built up, a process which has supplemented but in no sense supplanted the large number of private collections amassed by fans and scholars. From the first, Genre SF has tended to be published in formats significantly (and foolishly) slighted in the accession policies of every category of institutional library – from university libraries to libraries of record like the ...

Vetch, Thomas

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Amber City: Being Some Account of the Adventures of a Steam Crocodile in Central Africa (1888), a Jules-Verne-like excursion narrated by the protagonist, Thomas Vetch, who takes his flying ship into a mild-mannered African Lost World where people live in houses built of amber. [JC]

Turton, Godfrey

(1901-1985) UK author of such fantasies as The Devil's Churchyard (1970) and The Festival of Flora: A Story of Ancient and Modern Times (1972). He remains of some sf interest for There Was Once a City (1927), in which an ancient City is inundated through a Disaster whose causation is Equipoisal between supernatural hubris and natural cataclysm; and The Moon Dies (1972), a book-length blank-verse narrative (see Poetry) of the destruction of Earth's first Moon (broken apart by Gravity), the death ...

Jennings, Gordon

(1896-1953) Special effects pioneer who worked on nearly 200 films in his long career. These included Dr Cyclops (1940), and the supernatural comedy-romance I Married a Witch (1942). He is of most importance to the sf film for overseeing the effects for The War of the Worlds (1953). Unfortunately Jennings died before this film's release and subsequent great success. [GSt]

Trimble, Louis

(1917-1988) US author and academic, prolific in several genres including mysteries and Westerns – he wrote sixty-six novels by 1977 – but relatively little sf; his only sf short story was Probability (April 1954 If; 2010 ebook). His sf novels came later, in a spurt, beginning with the Anthropol Bureau tales – Anthropol (1968 dos) and The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy (1970 dos) – and climaxing with The City Machine (1972), set on a colony planet, where the device that ...

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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