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Henderson, Zenna

(1917-1983) US author and schoolteacher who frequently used her teaching experience in Arizona and elsewhere as a base for her stories; perhaps significantly, given her treatment of Aliens as emblems of our better selves, during World War Two she taught interned Japanese-Americans in a relocation camp. Her first story was "Come on, Wagon!" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – the magazine with which she is mostly strongly associated – in December 1951; soon after, with ...

Nostradamus

Latin rendering of the surname of French astrologer, physician and author Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566) who is of Proto SF interest primarily for his book-length poem Les Prophéties (1555; exp 1557; further exp 1568; best trans Richard Siburth as The Prophecies 2012) [for further editions see Checklist below], a non-systematic but immensely influential assemblage of linked quatrains, ultimately 942 of them grouped into ten "Centuries" (one broken), each quatrain ostensibly describing ...

Laney, Francis T

(1914-1958) US fan, author, critic and Fanzine publisher whose publication of greatest genre significance was The Acolyte (14 issues 1942-1946), an Amateur Magazine centred on H P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. A resulting spinoff was Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943 chap) with Bill Evans. / Laney's fanzine Fan-Dango (25 issues 1943-1950; also known as Fan Dango or Fandango) was also highly regarded in Fandom, where however he is best remembered for ...

Colombo, John Robert

(1936-    ) Canadian author and editor of over 80 books, notably anthologies of Canadiana and works of popular reference, the most important volume of this sort with general interest being the large Colombo's Canadian References (1976). Books with sf relevance include: CDN SF&F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979 chap) with Michael Richardson, Alexandre L Amprimoz and John Bell; Blackwood's Books: A Bibliography Devoted to Algernon Blackwood ...

McKillip, Patricia A

(1948-2022) US author whose early books were all fantasy, mostly for children. These showed an increasing assurance (and appeared to be for increasingly older children) from The House on Parchment Street (1973) through to The Throme of the Erril of Sherill (1973 chap; exp as coll with "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath" [in Elsewhere 2, anth 1982, ed Terri Windling and Mark Allan Arnold] 1984) and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974) – the last winning a World Fantasy Award for ...

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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