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Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of A Journey to the Sun (1866 chap), featuring Space Flight to a molten metal shell around the sun, the Utopian society there being described in terms of Satire. [JC]

Hoyt, Richard

(1941-    ) US journalist and author in whose first novel, The Manna Enzyme (1982), Fidel Castro (1926-2016) plays a positive role, with the CIA and KGB seen negatively, in Near Future attempts to promulgate an Invention – the manna enzyme of the title – capable of ending world starvation. Most of Hoyt's works are thrillers; two of the John Denson sequence – The Weatherman's Daughters (2003) and Pony Girls (2004) – have some fantasy elements. [JC]

Carter, Lin

Working name of US author and editor Linwood Vrooman Carter (1930-1988), most of whose work of any significance was done in the field of Heroic Fantasy, an area of concentration he went some way to define in his critical study of relevant texts and techniques, Imaginary Worlds (1973). Most of his criticism was closely linked to his strong interest in fantasy; specific studies include Tolkien: A Look Behind "The Lord of the Rings" (1969), an early take on that author, and Lovecraft: A Look ...

Phylos the Thibetan

Pseudonym of US author Frederick Spencer Oliver (1866-1899), whose Zailm Numinos sequence – comprising A Dweller on Two Planets; Or, the Dividing of the Way (completed 1886; 1905) and An Earth Dweller's Return (1940) – braces its underlying Occultism [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with some sf elements: the revelation of Atlantis Underground; and the perspective-changing reincarnations of the Atlantean protagonist here and on Venus who, en passant, predicts that ...

Richter, Hans

Working name of German author Johannes Richter (1889-1941), whose early association with the Nazi regime in Germany has obliterated his reputation. His novel Der Kanal (1923) is derivative of Bernhard Kellermann's The Tunnel (1903) and describes a five-year construction project to build a canal between the North Sea and the Adriatic. The project is doomed, with great loss of life and the eventual insanity of the project manager. Turmstadt: Roman ["Turmstadt: A Novel"] (1926) reflects 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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