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Dowding, Henry Wallace

(1867-1938) UK-born clergyman and author, in the US from 1889, most active in the 1920s. His sf novel, The Man from Mars, or Service, for Service's Sake (1910), is occupied for much of its length with its protagonist's search for a McGuffin document, but shifts in its later moments to be a long description, on the part of the protagonist's employer, of his time on Mars, which planet is small, quite close to Earth, and Utopian. [JC/SH]

King, Rufus

(1893-1966) US author, mostly of detective fiction, in whose complicated sf novel, The Fatal Kiss Mystery (1928), two young lovers are entangled and separated and reunited by an Invention the formula for whose development they find in a trunk and whose effect – the total disappearance of those exposed to its rays – is explained either in terms of Invisibility or other Dimensions or both. Another world is in fact discovered, containing what may be the last survivor of a Lost Race. ...

Raleigh, H M

(1898-1969) UK, in active service during World War One; The Machinations of Dr Grue (1938) is a Scientific Romance in which a Mad Scientist's Invention, a formula capable of dissolving all matter, almost dissolves all matter at the hands of Dr Grue. [JC]

Human League, The

UK pop band, formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware (1946-    ) and Philip Oakley (1955-    ). They took their name from one of the alliances listed in the sf boardgame Starforce: Alpha Centauri, and the early releases featured occasional genre realizations. Their second album Travelogue (1980) included, for instance, "The Black Hit of Space" and a song in praise of the then Doctor Who actor "Tom Baker"; both possess a certain attractive austerity. The group's ...

Rochester, George E

(1898-1966) UK author, mostly of fiction for boys under his own and several other names, including John Beresford, Frank Chaltam, Barton Furse, Jeffrey Gaunt, Eric Roche and Hamilton Smith; much of this output did not reach book form, including his first known sf tale, "The Black Vulture" (28 April-23 June 1934 Scoops), about a Mad Scientist plotting to rule the world. The Despot of the World (1936) tells a similar tale. Several 1930s tales with evocative titles – like The Skywayman: ...

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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