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Uncanny Stories

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1941, published by Manvis Publications, one of the "Red Circle" magazines published by Martin Goodman; edited by Robert O Erisman. Uncanny contained both sf and weird fantasy, including "The Coming of the Giant Germs" by Ray Cummings, but nothing of importance. Erisman suitably sexed up the story titles, for example making David H Keller's innocuous "The Chestnut Mare" appear as "Speed Will Be My Bride". Uncanny was modelled on the "weird menace" pulps that ...

Ryan, Kevin

(?   -    ) US author who has mostly concentrated on Ties contributed to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Requiem (1994) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation subseries, and moving on to two sub-sub-series for Star Trek itself (which is to say, in the special language used to discriminate among series, two sub-sub-series for TOS, or The Original Series). They are the Errand of Vengeance, beginning with The Edge of the Sword (2002), and Errand of Fury, ...

Leokum, Leonard

(1941-2000) US author of a Near Future sf novel, Weather War (1978) with Paul Posnick, in which the major powers, as World War Three threatens, explore the possibilities of using the technology of Weather Control against one another. [JC]

Boot, Andy

(?   -    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the very lengthy Deathlands sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. Boot has also published fantasy. [DRL]

Patrice, Helen

(1964-    ) Australian poet and author who began to publish work of genre interest as Helen Sargeant, beginning with "The Questing Knight" in Far Out 3 for 1986, but who is best known for the set of linked poems assembled as A Woman of Mars: The Poems of an Early Homesteader (coll 2011 chap), during which the narrator travels with her lover to Mars and settles there. Some of the imagery reflects, with measured nostalgia, Ray Bradbury's in The Martian Chronicles (coll of ...

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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