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Muller, John E

A House Name used on many sf and supernatural novels published by Badger Books. The great majority of these were the work of R L Fanthorpe (31 titles), with several more by John S Glasby and one by A A Glynn [for details see Checklist]. [JC/SH/DRL]

Armour, R Coutts

(1874-1945) Australian author, who wrote popular fiction, mostly for magazines, under his own name and under various pseudonyms, including Coutts Brisbane, Pierre Quiroule (a probable House Name), Hartley Tremayne, Reid Whitley (or Whitly), and other names not yet discovered; his career extended from before World War One until at least the late 1930s in sf and continued into the early 1940s in Boys' Papers. His earliest known story is "Mixed Piggles" for The Red Magazine, 1 December 1910; in ...

Hoban, Russell

(1925-2011) US-born illustrator and author, in the UK from 1969. After serving in World War Two, he worked in advertising and television until the mid-1960s, becoming a full-time writer in 1967. Most of his many titles are children's books, at least fifty of them being illustrated texts for younger children, like the first, What Does It Do and How Does It Work? (1959), or the Frances sequence beginning with Bedtime for Frances (1960 chap), or (to mention only one of his many, constantly ...

Everett, Frances

(?   -?   ) UK author who also wrote as by Edward Prince; her Dystopia, John Bull, Socialist (1909) [for further details see Checklist below], foresees dire consequences of any triumph of socialism in Britain, suggesting that the colonies will revolt (see Imperialism; Race in SF), pensioners will be left in penury, women (see Feminism; Women in SF) will also be badly treated, and children raised communally, brutalizing them. [JC]

Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora

Board Game (1981). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by John Butterfield, Edward Woods. / Published as an insert in issue 6 of the sf Wargames magazine Ares, Voyage was perhaps the first successful example of a single-player, paragraph-system Board Game, blending the branching narrative of a solitaire Role Playing Game scenario such as Buffalo Castle (1975) (see Fighting Fantasy) with the ability to move pieces on a physical board. Subsequent examples of paragraph-based Board ...

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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