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Asimov, Isaac

(1920-1992) Russian-born US author, the original form of whose name was Isaak Iudich Azimov, but who was brought to America with his family in 1923, and became a US citizen in 1928; his second marriage, in 1973, was to fellow writer J O Jeppson (who later signed herself Janet Asimov). He discovered sf through the magazines sold in his father's candy store, though his first precocious publication, Little Brothers (Spring 1934 Boys High Recorder; 1988 chap), was nonfiction. He was not strongly ...

Diderot, Denis

(1713-1784) French philosopher, editor and author who edited and wrote (with Jean le Rond d'Alembert until 1759) the Encylopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres ["Encyclopedia: or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts, by a Company of Men of Letters"] (1751-1772 28vols), an Enlightenment masterpiece. Diderot's insistence on a single alphabet, avowedly destructive of ...

Hayes, William D

(?   -?   ) UK author of Mr Boyton – Merchant, Millionaire, and King (1899), in which the eponymous entrepreneur, having become king of Poland in the Near Future, defeats a German Invasion with a secret weapon (see Inventions). [JC]

Washington, S H L

(1910-?   ) UK author of works of family history whose first publication, on the title page of which he is stated to be thirteen, is The Temple of Mystery: A Tale of Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale with clear echoes of H Rider Haggard, set in a city occupied by ancient Egyptians which may contain prehistoric beasts. [JC]

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

US juvenile tv series (1976). Created by Ken Spears, and Joe Ruby. Produced by Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for ABC-TV. Cast includes Norman Alden, Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. Directors included Walter C Miller, Jack Regas. Writers included Duane Poole, Dick Robbins. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Lori (Hall) and Judy (Strangis) – no last name is given for either – are magazine writers living in a modest ranch home in an unspecified US state, apparently in ...

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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