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Tsiolkovsky, Konstantin

(1857-1935) Russian scientist and author. He began investigating the possibility of Space Flight in 1878. In his monograph Free Space (1883 chap) he suggested that Spaceships would have to operate by jet propulsion. His consideration of some of the practical difficulties led to a paper entitled "How to Protect Fragile and Delicate Objects from Jolts and Shocks" (1891). In 1903 he published the classic paper "The ...

McNeil, Everett

(1862-1929) US scenario creator for silents (mostly Westerns) and author of adventure tales for boys, including two Lost Race adventures, The Lost Treasure Cave; Or, Adventures with the Cowboys of Colorado (1905), in which the Indians the cowboys must deal with are in fact Aztecs; and the more fully developed The Lost Nation (1918), set in Underground venues haunted by apemen ...

White, Clara E

(1875-1905) UK-born medium and author, in US from an early age; she is of some interest for the Theosophy-tinged The Romance of the Red Star: A Biography of the Earth (1901), which focuses on the early stages of humanity's pre-ordained ascent (see Prehistoric SF). [JC]

Wason, Sandys

Working name of Leighton Sandys Wason (1867-1950) UK editor, Church of England cleric and author. In 1892 he founded and edited The Spirit Lamp: An Oxford Magazine Without News, which was short-lived but influential. As Parish Priest of Cury and Gunwalloe in the Diocese of Truro 1905-1919, he controversially, as a declared Anglican Catholic, engaged in disputes about the use of incense in church rituals, and was deprived of his parish. Magenta Minutes: Nonsense Verse (coll ...

Rogers, Lebbeus Harding

(1847-1932) US businessman and author whose The Kite Trust (A Romance of Wealth) (1900), which may have been self-published, follows the juvenile kite-inventors and founders of the eponymous compact into adulthood, enormous wealth, the discovery of new Power Sources and the construction of transatlantic tunnels (see Under the Sea), while all the while an interplanetary spirit instructs the cast on the history of ...

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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