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Mathison, Volney G

(1897-1965) US chiropractor, inventor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Radiobuster: Being Some of the Adventures of Samuel Jones, Deep Sea Wireless Operator (stories 1922-1923 Radio; coll of linked stories 1924), which incorporates a trip to Mars in the episode entitled "The Martian Marvel". Other Sam Jones stories included further work for Radio plus "Sam Jones, Radio Tube Bootlegger" (July 1926 Radio News) and "The Mongolians Ray" (June 1929 Amazing Stories). ...

Moore, Robin

Working name of US author Robert Lowell Moore Jr (1925-2008), perhaps best-known for The Green Berets (1965), and most of whose works of sf interest were Technothrillers, usually with a Cold War background, as in The Chinese Ultimatum (1976) with Edward McGhee, where a 1980s non-nuclear war between China and the USSR ultimately regionalizes a non-participant America. Other works of similar purport include The Death Disciple (1977) and The Last Coming (1978), both with Gerald G Griffin, and The ...

Stead, Rebecca

(1968-    ) US author whose Young Adult novels of sf interest include First Light (2007), where a boy, visiting Greenland with his scientist father to measure global warming (see Climate Change) meets a young Culture Hero woman from an Underground Utopia who wants to lead her people back into the light; and When You Reach Me (2009), whose young protagonist begins to receive messages irradiating her familiar New York with accurate visions of the future. [JC]

Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the ...


Letter-size saddle-stapled special effects Cinema magazine. Originally a Fanzine issued by Don Dohler (1946-2006) for 11 photocopied issues from 1972 to 1979. Relaunched in 1979 by O'Quinn Publications. Edited by Dohler and others. 36 issues from 1979 to 1987; the publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This was the first US magazine to offer instructions on how to create special effects for amateur films. It began as a Fanzine published by Dohler alone, with severely limited ...

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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