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Keyes, Daniel

(1927-2014) US author and university lecturer in English. He began his sf career as associate editor of Marvel Science Fiction (see Marvel Science Stories), February-November 1951, and began publishing work of genre interest in that magazine with "Precedent" in 1952. He is known mainly for one excellent novel, Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966), winner of a 1960 Hugo in its magazine form and of a 1966 Nebula for the full-length book version; the book was filmed as Charly ...

Read, Herbert

(1893-1968) UK poet, anarchist and prolific critic of art, literature and politics. His only novel, The Green Child: A Romance (1935) was inspired by the twelfth-century legend of the Green Children of Woolpit, two greenish-skinned children who wandered into a British village and claimed to have come from an underground world called "St. Martin's Land" [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The novel is a remarkable double Utopia in which two visions of ideal human life – ...

Warner Bros. Cartoons

A lengthy sequence of short (about seven minutes) animated cartoons produced for Warner Bros. Pictures between 1930 and 1969. Initially made by Harman and Ising studios; then by Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933; bought by Warner Bros in 1944 and renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons; DePatie-Freleng Enterprises briefly took over in 1964; the name reverted to Warner Brothers Cartoon Studios in 1967. Issued as either Merrie Melodies or Looney Toons – the former initially being built around ...

Appel, John

(circa 1963-    ) US specialist in information security issues, now primarily an author whose first novel, Assassin's Orbit (2021), set in a moderately complex Space Opera universe. The planet Ilera is close to choosing union with a larger confederation known as the Commonwealth. The Politics of such a move are subject to coercive schemes; the protagonist, a private investigator, becomes deeply involved. The action is strenuous. [JC]

Rathbone, St George Henry

(1854-1938) US author, often of Dime Novels under many names, including Phil and His Torpedo Boat; Or, a Terrible Cruise under the Ocean (1890) as Harry St George, in which a maelström drags young Phil and his ship down into Underground caverns full of Monsters; they debouch at the North Pole, which is clement and islanded. Rathbone then published under his own name A Goddess of Africa: A Story of the Golden Fleece (1897), whose multiple protagonists (after the Jules Verne model) search ...

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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