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Dekobra, Maurice

Pseudonym of French author Ernest-Maurice Tessier (1885-1973), most famous for his thriller, La Madone des sleepings (1925; trans Neal Wainwright as The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars 1927); of his sf, which forms a small part of his large output, Météore 101 ([date not established]; trans Metcalfe Wood as Death Requests the Pleasure 1940) depicts Near Future chaos as Meteor 101 approaches Earth. [JC]

Media Magazines

This entry lists the non-academic professional magazines and Semiprozines which focus on nonfiction about sf – especially in Cinema and Television – and which are either given full entries or otherwise discussed in the present encyclopedia. Forrest J Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland is the best-known early example of a media magazine focusing on Monster Movies; it had a long run and numerous imitators. A useful reference cataloguing many of these magazines up to its ...

Oldham, June

(?   -    ) UK author of The Raven Waits (1979), a fantasy about Beowulf; and a Young Adult tale, Foundling (1995; vt Found 1996), set in a Near Future America where fears of Overpopulation have led to punitive controls over reproduction. The young protagonist, exiled to a countryside inhabited by Gothic figures of menace and occasional hope, establishes as expected a kind of family among her fellow rejects from a bad world. [JC]

Montgomery, Rutherford

(1894-1985) US author of books for children from 1932, mostly set in the American west, often featuring animals prominently. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Kent Barstow sequence, beginning with Kent Barstow Special Agent (1958) and ending with Kent Barstow Aboard the Dyna Soar (1964); Barstow, a test pilot and special agent, engages in Technothriller adventures in defense of America, and tests new Inventions, like the enormous Dyna Soar whose flight climaxes the series. [JC]

Claretie, Jules

(1840-1913) French theatre director, drama critic and author, prolific as novelist and playwright; of sf interest is L'Obsession (Moi et l'Autre) (1908; trans Brian Stableford as Obsession 2013), whose protagonist's Identity is split in two, the divided personalities distinct along lines most vividly demarcated in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) (see Doppelgangers). A Mad Scientist offers to cure him through his Invention of a mind-reading device (see ...

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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