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Kornbluth, C M

(1923-1958) US author Cyril Kornbluth; the "M" for a non-existent middle name represents his wife Mary Kornbluth (1920-2007), in the thought that she would be collaborating with him. A member of the Futurians fan group, he published prolifically during the years 1940-1942 in magazines edited by fellow Futurians Donald A Wollheim and Frederik Pohl. His first sf publication was "Stepsons of Mars" for Astonishing Stories in April 1940 with Harry Dockweiler (see Dirk Wylie) and Richard Wilson, ...

Hargrave, John

(1894-1982) UK illustrator, youth leader and author who at the age of seventeen became the chief cartoonist for the London Evening News, having already begun a career as illustrator with a 1909 edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735); he later illustrated Black Tales for White Children (coll 1914) by C H Stigland. His work was all in black-and-white, with effects that ran from the forceful to the jagged. He became involved in the Boy Scout movement before serving for two ...

Ross, Adrian

(1859-1933) Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Reed Ropes, mostly remembered for his one Horror novel, The Hole of the Pit (1914). A Cambridge don, he edited books in the original French and German by such authors as Jules Verne and Erckmann-Chatrian. He later went on to a career as a lyricist for musical comedies and light operettas, also publishing numerous poems. The Hole of the Pit, set during the English Civil War of 1642-1651, has often been compared to the work of William Hope Hodgson. Its ...

World Without End

Film (1956). Allied Artists. Written and directed by Edward Bernds. Cast includes Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Hugh Marlowe, Lisa Montell and Rod Taylor. 80 minutes. Colour. / After orbiting Mars, a Spaceship goes through a timewarp (see Timeslip). The four astronauts land on a Post-Holocaust Earth in 2508 CE and find the surface inhabited by grotesque Mutants and giant spiders, while the remaining humans live Underground – the men impotent, the women sexy, the race dying out. The ...

Menick, Jim

(?   -    ) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Lingo (1991), about the coming to self-awareness of a Computer; once Lingo has gained AI status, megalomania looms. Disguised as an Android, he/it decides to run for the American presidency. There are some laboured moments. [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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