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Royce, E R

(?   -    ) Author, perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond his cover credit for the Curtis Warren sf novel Experiment in Telepathy (1954). In the second edition of this encyclopedia Royce was listed as a pseudonym of Denis Hughes, an attribution which has never been adequately confirmed. [DRL]


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and better-quality paper. Publisher: Reliance Publications. No editor named. At least 14 issues from October 1978 to October 1980. Publication schedule was bimonthly. / This title was yet another imitator of Starlog and similar publications which flooded US newsstands from the late 1970s into the early 1980s. It managed to survive longer than most, despite not being of significantly greater quality. Material on ...

Knox, Hugh

(1942-2011) US author of erotic novels, some of them sf (see Sex), including Eros 2000 AD (1970) as by H R Kaye, which suggests that the Near Future will be engaging; and The Satyr (1970), which hints at Superman tropes. [JC]

Montag, Kassandra

(?   -    ) US poet and author whose first novel, the moderately distant Near Future After the Flood (2019), focuses on the quest of a mother for her long-abducted daughter Rowena. In a world of catastrophic Climate Change, with America transformed by vastly rising seas into an extended Archipelago, with former mountains now serving as Islands, she has made her living at sea, and suspects that Rowena may be in Greenland. The tale turns on the threat that any ...

Lathrop, George Parsons

(1851-1898) Hawaiian-born author, in US from childhood; his nonfiction appreciation of Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Study of Hawthorne (1876), and his editing of editions of Hawthorne's work, was perhaps intensified by his marriage to the author's daughter in 1871. Lathrop is of sf interest for "In the Deep of Time" (3 March 1897 English Illustrated Magazine), a novella-length tale written "in Collaboration with Thomas A Edison", in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation in the year 2200, ...

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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