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Ross, Deborah J

(1947-    ) US author who also writes as by Deborah Wheeler, the name she used for her first publication of genre interest, "Imperatrix" in Sword and Sorceress (anth 1984) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. For the first decades of her career, she tended to use her own name for Planetary Romances in the Darkover universe, primarily the Darkover: Clingfire sequence ...

Van Ash, Cay

(1918-1994) UK academic and author long associated with Sax Rohmer, whose biography, Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer (1972), he wrote with Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. He is of sf interest for a Fu Manchu Sequel by Other Hands series comprising Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Matches his Wits with the Diabolical Dr Fu Manchu (1984) and The Fires of Fu Manchu ...

Krzhizhanovsky, Sigizmund

(1887-1950) Russian author of Polish ancestry who published extremely rarely, his estimated 3,000 pages of fiction, almost always in short story form, only now being excavated and published in an ambitious ongoing collected edition. His tales, many of which combine the extravagances of Absurdist SF and the generic opportunism of Fantastika in general, give off a characteristic Between-the-Wars flavour, associating him with writers ...

Binns, Ottwell

(1872-1935) UK Congregational and then Unitarian minister and author, much better known as Ben Bolt, the pseudonym he used from around 1890, for his detective fiction and vigorous adventure tales, though his first novel in book form appeared as late as 1917; he also wrote as by Benjamin Bolt. Dan-Yeo; Or, the Island of the Lost (1929) as Ottwell Binns is a Lost Race tale set on an unknown Island in the South Pacific, ...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Film (1972). Jack Rollins and Charles H Joffe Productions/United Artists. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Allen, based on or rather suggested by the nonfiction Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1969) by David Reuben. Cast includes Allen, John Carradine, Louise Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. 88 minutes. Colour. / This engaging collection of filmed anecdotes satirizes various ...

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 ...

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