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Goble, Warwick

(1862-1943) UK artist, the foremost illustrator of sf in the pages of Pearson's Magazine and Pearson's Weekly 1896-1903. He contributed 66 illustrations to the latter's original serialization of The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's Weekly; 1898; with epilogue cut 1898) by H G Wells. Other work appeared in The Strand Magazine and Boys' Own Paper (see Boys' Papers) Goble also illustrated several sf and fantasy stories by George Griffith and Fred M White, as well as the Lost-Race ...

Marvelman

UK reprints of the US character Captain Marvel published by L Miller were successful enough to warrant continued independent publication under a new name after the original character was deemed a copy of Superman and the courts forbade any further publication. The character was revised and changed just enough to avoid copyright issues, and re-dubbed Marvelman (346 issues, 1954-1963) in the process. Drawn by Mick Anglo Studios, the hero had a new look and a new magic word, "Kimota!" ("Atomik!" ...

Kehuan Shijie

[Literally "SF World", although the publisher's preferred translation is "Science Fiction World"] The journal of record of the modern sf community in China, Kehuan Shijie was founded in 1979 in Chengdu, Sichuan, as the State-supported Kexue Wenyi ["Science Literature and Art"], one of several magazines that sprang up amid a post-Mao renewal of interest in science popularization. However, with a sudden reversal in the Party line on sf, and claims that the genre was "poisonous" in the wake of ...

Calverton, V F

Pseudonym of US author George Goetz (1900-1940), who also signed himself more fully Victor Francis Calverton, and who was, as an interbellum American radical and founder of the Modern Quarterly in 1923, a significant contributor to debates on sex, literature and politics; he was notorious for espousing bohemian values; alcoholism killed him young. Among his voluminous writings is an sf novel, The Man Inside: Being the Record of the Strange Adventures of Allen Steele Among the Xulus (1936), ...

Clarke, Frances H

(?   -?   ) US author of a Utopia, The Co-opolitan: A Story of the Co-operative Commonwealth of Idaho (1898) as by Zebina Forbush, in which a communitarian settlement, where women are effectively equal with men, is established by 1917. There is apparently no connection between her and Francis H Clarke. [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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