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Horsnell, Horace

(1882-1949) UK playwright, drama critic and author, active in English literary circles from around 1910. His sf novel, Man Alone (1940), describes the experiences of the Last Man on Earth as he wanders through London after the final, depopulating Disaster. Castle Cottage (1940) is a ghost story and The Cool of the Evening (1942) a rather gentle Adam-and-Eve fable set at the close of Adam's life, though Satan still lurks. [JC]

Dashner, James

(1972-    ) US author whose work has been restricted to three Young Adult series, the first of which, The Jimmy Fincher Saga, beginning with A Door in the Woods (2003), is fantasy. The 13th Reality sequence, beginning with The Journal of Curious Letters (2008), sets its young protagonist the sf-coloured task of protecting the vast number of Alternate Worlds created whenever a significant decision generates a Jonbar Point; his foes are, however, creatures of fantasy, whose ...

Pollotta, Nick

Working name of US author Nicholas Angelo Pollotta (1954-2013), most of whose work in sf and other genres was under pseudonyms or House Names, including James Axler, Jack Hopkins and Don Pendleton, but who began publishing sf with Illegal Aliens (1989), with Phil Foglio providing extensive illustrations for this comic novel about a street gang in New York which hamstrings the attempts of Aliens to manipulate our planet. The Satellite Night series, beginning with Satellite Night News (1993) as ...

Ruck, Berta

(1878-1978) Indian-born author, in UK from an early age, married to Oliver Onions (1873-1961) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; of some interest for stories published in various collections such as The Post-War Girl and Other Stories (coll 1922), A Wish a Day (coll 1956) and Sherry and Ghosts (coll 1961). Of more direct sf interest is The Immortal Girl (1925), whose 45-year old protagonist takes a Drug that rejuvenates her – Serge Voronoff's monkey gland treatment is ...

Lichtenberger, André

(1870-1940) French editor, politician and author. Of his several works of fantasy or sf, Les Centaures, roman fantastique (Paris: Calman-Lévy, 1904) and Pickles, ou récits à la mode anglaise ["Pickles; Or, Stories in the English Style"] (coll 1923), have been assembled as The Centaurs and Other Stories (omni trans Brian Stableford 2013). The title novel is a prehistoric fantasy about the gradual extinction of the centaurs (and other creatures who obeyed the Law, which is ...

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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