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Allingham, H J

(1867-1936) UK editor and author, father of Margery Allingham, who wrote stories for boys, sometimes as by Ralph Rollington; his Young Adult sf novel, The Robot Man: Amazing Tale of Peril Abroad (6 July-7 September 1929 Gem Magazine; 1931 chap), about a Mad Scientist who creates a giant Robot in the Amazon, is of moderate interest. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Adrian, Chris

(1970-    ) US medical doctor and author who began publishing short fiction in 1997, some of it of interest as demonstrations of his instinct for Equipoise; much of this material has been assembled as A Better Angel: Stories (coll 2008). His first novel, Gob's Grief (2000), similarly shifts among genres; set during the American Civil War, it follow's its protagonist's search for his dead identical twin – he is one of several characters who become too intimate with ...

Ward, Herbert D

(1861-1932) US author, most of whose short stories of sf interest were political dramas whose venues were only marginally displaced from late-nineteenth-century America, even though some of the tales assembled in A Republic Without a President, and Other Stories (coll dated 1891 but 1893) were ostensibly set a century hence. The White Crown, and Other Stories (coll 1894) continued in the same vein, though the title story itself is a Future-War tale of some interest. Master of the Magicians ...


Although book series were not given separate headwords in past editions of this encyclopedia (if only for space reasons), a number of brief examples have been added to this third online edition. This is partly for the sake of internal search engine efficiency. The online Search feature gives priority to terms appearing in headwords, so a search for "Lensman" would formerly report the relevant game as top result, with E E Smith himself some places down the list; but the new entry for Lensman ...

Gordon, Rex

Most frequently used pseudonym of UK author Stanley Bennett Hough (1917-1998) for his sf work, although under his own name he published the borderline Frontier Incident (1951); Mission in Guemo (1953), describing a resurgent Nazi conspiracy centred Lost-Race-like up the Amazon; the borderline-sf thriller Extinction Bomber (1956); and Beyond the Eleventh Hour (1961), a Near Future story of nuclear Holocaust in which all the major nations of the world except the UK and India destroy themselves. ...

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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