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Le Page, Rand

A House Name used by the publishers Curtis Warren for some routine Space Operas and Space Flight adventures published 1952-1953. Authors included William Henry Fleming Bird with War of Argos (1952); John S Glasby with three titles in collaboration with Arthur Roberts [see Checklist below], Brian Holloway with "A" Men (1952); Denis Hughes with Asteroid Forma (1953); David O'Brien with Blue Asp (1952); and Cyril Protheroe with Beyond These Suns (1952). On the wrappers, Le Page was described as ...

Puerto Rico

As is well known, owing to the particular political situation of the island as a de facto colony of the United States, all Puerto Ricans hold US citizenship and, therefore, may live either on the island or on the mainland; some publish in Spanish and others in English. The latter is the case for Miami-born James Stevens-Arce, perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screenplays, commercials, short ...

Walters, Nick

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Sad Professor" in Perfect Timing (anth 1998) edited by Helen Fale and Mark Phippen, but who has since concentrated almost exclusively on Ties contributed to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Dry Pilgrimage (1998) in the Doctor Who New Adventures subseries. [JC]

Galaxy [music]

German/Swiss prog-rock band, founded in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1977, who sang in English. The songs on their one album release, Nature's Clear Well (1978) are mostly environmental in theme, with a Dystopian vision of urban living, and the hint ("I've Come From A World") of extraterrestrial intervention. [AR]

Ma, Ling

(1983-    ) Chinese-born academic and author, in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Yeti Lovemaking" in Unstuck #2 for 2012. Her sf novel Severance (2018) is set in an Alternate History 2011 America devastated by a Pandemic originating in China, whose victims, Automata-like, lose all sense of Identity (see also Zombies), becoming entrapped in assembly-line-like repetitive actions that continue until death. Analogies between this disease and ...

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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