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Margrie, William

(1877-1960) UK philosopher and author whose Near Future tale, The Story of a Great Experiment: How England Produced the First Superman (1927), dramatizes his conviction that strictly applied Eugenics was required for the Evolution of the human race; unfortunately for women, their central role is to breed better men. A Capitalist Utopia: A Message for Workers, Politicians, and Employers (1929) is a thinly fictionalized reiteration of the same principles; the earlier The Mighty Heart; A Survey of ...


Amateur Magazine published from Oxford, Oxfordshire, by members of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group. The various editors/co-editors included Chris Morgan as C J K Morgan, Diana Reed, Allan Scott, Kevin Smith and (new series) Neal Tringham. First series of twelve issues, 1969-October 1978, initially duplicated on UK quarto paper (10 x 8 in), with lithographed covers from #4 (August 1971); A4 litho throughout from #6 (October 1972). "New series" with seven known issues, restarting ...

Amateur Science Stories

UK Amateur Magazine published from Leeds, West Yorkshire, by the fan-run SFA (Science Fiction Association) and edited by Douglas W F Mayer. Paper size 8½in x 14in. Three issues only, October 1937 (9pp), December 1937 (16pp) and March 1938 (18pp). / This fiction Fanzine is mildly notable for its publication of Arthur C Clarke's first three stories, beginning with "Travel by Wire!" (December 1937). All the fiction content was supplied by Clarke (#2, #3), William F Temple writing as ...

Ohlson, Hereward

(1907-1955) UK author of the Thunderbolt Children's SF sequence comprising Thunderbolt of the Spaceways (1954) and Thunderbolt and the Rebel Planet: The Captain of the Spaceways Leads an Expedition to the Strange World of Pluvius (1954), both being undemanding Space Operas. [JC]

Moselli, José

Working name of French author Joseph Moselli (1882-1941), who also wrote as by Pierre Agay, Jack Duridan, Jules Dupont, Explorateur, J Fauconnier, Captain Harry, Jim Houch, Ledam, Jacques Mahan, Nord-55-Est, Jacques North and Pierre de Villebrune; his experience of active service in World War One may have been restricted to the Salonika Front. He concentrated on feuilletons and other periodical works, mostly for Pulp magazines, none of his large output appearing in book form until after his ...

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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