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Pons, Maurice

(1925-2016) French author several of whose works are fantasy, like Rosa (1967; trans Richard Howard 1972); of sf interest is Les Saisons [for subtitle see Checklist] (1965; trans Frances Frenaye as The Seasons of the Ram 1977), set in a mountainous part of Europe which houses a Dystopia. [JC]

TARDIS

The well-known Time Machine in the television series Doctor Who; this device can also travel through interplanetary and interstellar space. Its "chameleon circuit" disguised it as an old-fashioned UK police telephone box prior to the first Doctor Who storyline and then (with rare later exceptions) ceased to function. As indicated by the capitals, the name is a somewhat ad-hoc acronym standing for Time And Relative ...

Rogers, Jane

(1952-    ) UK screenwriter and author of Young Adult novels beginning with Separate Tracks (1983), none of her early work being fantastic, though Island (1999), a mundane fantasia on William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1610-1611), comes close. Mr Wroe's Virgins (1991) – she also scripted the ...

Popular Magazine, The

US Pulp magazine published by Street & Smith, edited by Henry Harrison Lewis for the first year and then Charles Agnew MacLean (1880-1928), who edited it until his sudden death. Appeared monthly from November 1903, semimonthly from 1 October 1909, weekly from 24 September 1927, semi-monthly from 7 July 1928, and monthly February-September 1931. Merged with Complete Stories from October 1931. It claimed at one stage to be ...

McIlroy, Alice

(?   -    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Glass Woman (2024), a woman awakens in a state of Amnesia after an apparently voluntary Memory Edit, with an AI implanted in her brain. Her memories are now owned by the corporation she works for. The tale is told with moments of Paranoid intensity that approach the allegorical. [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 ...



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