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Rafcam, Nal

(?   -    ) Undoubtedly pseudonymous author – backwards this name reads MacFarlan – of the imaginatively unremarkable sf novel The Troglodytes, or Dwellers of the Deep (1961; vt The Troglodytes 1962). The eponymous Lost Race of Aliens is discovered under Antarctica as they come to the surface in a misguided attempt to stop nuclear testing (see Cold War); they cause much worldwide mayhem before conveniently destroying themselves. The writing style, ...


US feminist sf Fanzine (1975-1990) edited from Madison, Wisconsin, by Jan Bogstad, Jeanne Gomoll and Diane Martin (#1-#3 by Bogstad, #4-#17 by Bogstad and Gomoll, #18-#26 by Martin). Janus (which became Aurora with #19) was born as Feminism began making itself felt in sf in the mid-1970s. It carried articles by Samuel R Delany, Suzette Haden Elgin, Joanna Russ and Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1950-    ), and interviews with Octavia Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jo Clayton, ...

Payson, William Farquhar

(1876-1939) US author whose explanation, in John Vytal: A Tale of the Lost Colony (1901), of the disappearance around 1584 of the inhabitants of Roanoke Island (in what would become the state of Virginia) is made into a tale with Lost Race implications. [JC]

Larkin, Bob

(1949-    ) US artist who from the early 1970s painted many covers for Comics, magazines and paperbacks, the latter including several Marvel Comics paperback collections of graphic material; he has also been credited, perhaps by accident, as Robert Larkin. His characteristic punchy designs with strong colours and bold central figures were well suited to the 1970s/1980s Bantam paperback reissues of the Doc Savage adventures by Kenneth Robeson (ie. Lester Dent and others), and ...

Vaughan, Richard

(?   -?   ) Author, believed to have been Canadian, who wrote only two known stories, the first being"The Woman from Space" (Spring 1932 Wonder Stories Quarterly) in which Earth is under threat from an errant planet and which features an array of superscientific gadgetry. His far more ambitious second tale was seared into the memories of 1930s Magazine readers as among the best serials of the period: The Exile of the Skies (January-March 1934 Wonder Stories; 2016) ...

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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