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van Dresser, Peter

(1909-1983) US ecology pioneer and Rocket experimenter who also wrote sf, with eight stories published in the 1930s, though his contribution is now almost forgotten since only one was in a genre magazine. He was editor of Astronautics, Journal of the American Rocket Society, a member of their Experiment Committee, and one of a number of authors who pledged a portion of their story earnings to the Experiment Fund. He performed his own experiments; his papers from that period are in the ...


Monsters have always stalked the hinterlands of the imagination, emblems of fear and symbols of guilt. They commonly take their aspects and roles from the supernatural imagination (see Supernatural Creatures); but the scientific imagination has produced many monsters of its own. The recruitment to the Horror story of monsters spawned by Nature was pioneered by H G Wells's classic alien-Invasion story The War of the Worlds (1897) and by William Hope Hodgson's sea stories. Sf monsters are often ...

Holden, Inez

(1903-1974) UK journalist and author, active from the early 1920s; around 1940, briefly George Orwell's partner. In 1941 she rented a garage flat from H G Wells, who evicted her when she introduced him to Orwell, soon after the publication of the latter's "Wells, Hitler and the World State" (August 1941 Horizon). She is of sf interest for Born Old, Died Young (1932), a Near Future tale describing en passant some advances in Transportation evident in 1940; the story deals with the effects on its ...

Charnas, Suzy McKee

(1939-    ) US author and former teacher, with an MA in that field. She began publishing sf with the Holdfast Chronicles, an emotionally intense and tightly argued series of novels examining Gender relations and some of the possible consequences of radical change set in a Ruined Earth; the sequence comprises Walk to the End of the World (1974), Motherlines (1978), both assembled as Walk to the End of the World and Motherlines (omni 1989; vt The Slave and the Free 1999), The ...

Lamothe, Serge

(1963-    ) Canadian playwright, poet and author of an sf novella, Les Baldwin (2004; trans Fred A Reed and David Home as The Baldwins 2006 chap), in which scholars at some future period (see Ruined Earth) attempt perplexedly to understand contemporary civilization (see Ruins and Futurity) by studying a family known as the Baldwins. [JC]

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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