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Dumas, Alexandre

(1802-1870) French playwright and author, best remembered outside of France for romantic historical fictions, most famously the Musketeers sequence beginning with Les Trois Mousquetaires (March-July 1844 Le Siécle; 1844 8vols; trans William Barrow as The Three Musketeers; Or, the Feats and Fortunes of a Gascon Adventurer 1846), whose influence as a model for tale of adventure shared among companions is pervasive, and which directly influenced Jack Williamson's Legion of Space sequence as ...

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

Animated tv series (1976-1978). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Directed by Don Towsley. Writers included Len Janson, Paul Dini, Kathleen Barnes, Tom Ruegger, David Wise. Cast includes Jack Bannon, Joan Gerber, Hettie Lynn Hares, Alan Oppenheimer and Robert Ridgley. Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Sixteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In this series, Tarzan (Ridgley) encounters various opponents in his adventures including menaces from the Hollow Earth, Aliens, Mutants ...

Howitt, William

(1792-1879) UK author, married to Mary Howitt (1799-1888) who was the first translator of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He wrote several tales classifiable as fantasies; Pantika: Or, Traditions of the Most Ancient Times (coll 1835 2vols) assembles several of these, including "Nichar, the Exile of Heaven", which describes a Fantastic Voyage through the solar system, as recounted by a fallen angel. [JC]

Strikeshoulder, Viter

Pseudonym of US author Wayland Spaulding (1850-1918), apparently most active in Poughkeepsie, New York; his Near Future Satire, When Theodore Is King [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1907 chap), lampoons the political ascendancy of President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) after working-class unrest beginning in 1907 and climaxing two years later with his ascension to the newly-created throne, with Canada begging to unite with the new monarchy. The book, which is dated 1909, is told in ...

Hile, William H

(1869-1943) US geologist, entrepreneur – he founded the African Ostrich Farm and Feather Company in 1909 to sell ostrich products, profits (which proved to be as scarce as hens' teeth) to be shared with its African suppliers – and author of a Lost Race novel, The Ostrich for the Defense (1912), set in the heart of Asia Minor, where a white queen named Zar rules a benign Utopia on lines enhancing social cooperation; the eponymous Ostrich is a cooperative firm more or less identical ...

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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