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Winger, F S

(1865-1936) US author, father of Clare Winger Harris; his sf novel, The Wizard of the Island; Or, the Vindication of Prof Waldinger (1917), is set on a mysterious Island in the South Pacific in the distant Near Future, where the eponymous protagonist has developed a steam-powered Machine that gives him control over all kinds of vibrations, including the force of Gravity. He forces a great Airship to land on his island, and explains all. [JC]

Gaiman, Neil

(1960-    ) UK journalist, screenwriter and author, in the US from 1992, whose first publications were nonfiction; along with later essays, some of this earlier work has been assembled as The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (coll 2016). He then specialized in the scripting of fantasy and sf comics and Graphic Novels for a decade from the late 1980s onward, and more recently focused on novels of the fantastic (not including sf); he has also become involved in ...

Kurimoto Kaoru

Working name of Sumiyo Yamada (1953-2009), sometimes known under her married name Sumiyo Imaoka or by her pseudonym Azusa Nakajima; an immensely prolific author, mainly in the Fantasy mode, but with strong enough connections to the sf community to ensure attention and accolades at the Seiun Awards. As a celebrity, commentator, critic and novelist, she was arguably one of the most influential Women SF Writers in Japan for the last three decades of the twentieth century. / Graduating in ...

Corkran, Alice

(1856-1916) UK journalist and author, for many years (dates not known) the partner of Richard Whiteing. She is of mild interest for the title story assembled in Mrs Wishing-to-be and Other Stories (coll 1883), in which an implausibly described broomstick-like Spaceship takes the protagonist to the Moon; and for Down the Snow Stairs; Or, From Good-Night to Good-Morning (1887) in which a staircase leads into a Hollow Earth or (just as plausibly) a Wonderland like found in Lewis Carroll's Alice ...

King of the Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Cousin Publications Incorporated. No editor named. One undated issue, published 1977. / This magazine was apparently intended as a one-time effort to capitalize on the release of the Dino de Laurentiis remake of King Kong (1976). Such one-shot film magazines came into their own in the US during the 1970s, remaining a popular format throughout the remainder of the twentieth century. King of the Monsters featured articles on the various versions of ...

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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