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Derleth, August

(1909-1971) US author and editor, born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, where he spent his life. A correspondent with and devout admirer of H P Lovecraft, he devoted much of his life to projects aimed at preserving Lovecraft's memory. The most important of these projects was of course the founding, with Donald Wandrei, of the publishing company Arkham House in Sauk City in order to publish Lovecraft's stories; Wandrei later resigned his interest, but Derleth carried on until his death, publishing a ...

Pendexter, Hugh

(1875-1940) US author, mainly of Westerns for boys, though his first book, Tiberius Smith: As Chronicled by his Right-Hand Man Billy Campbell (coll of linked stories 1907), assembles a series of tales about Smith, beginning with "A Corner in Jurisdiction" (17 June 1905 Saturday Evening Post). The stories recount his exorbitant adventures as a big game hunter, who utilizes spoof Inventions, and the game of Baseball, to confound natives around the world in his search for exotic animals to sell to ...

Toxic Avenger, The

Film (1984). HCH/Troma/Palan. Directed by Michael Herz, Samuel Weil. Written by Joe Ritter, based on a story by Lloyd Kaufman. Cast includes Mitchell Cohen, Andree Maranda and Mark Torgl. 100 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Colour. / After a cruel practical joke is played on him, a teenage nerd falls into a barrel of toxic waste in Tromaville, New Jersey, "Toxic Waste Capital of America". He mutates (see Mutants) into the low-budget Superhero the Toxic Avenger and is compelled to murder bad ...

Herrick, Robert

(1868-1938) US academic, diplomat and author best known for The Master of the Inn (1908), whose eponymous hero cures the mentally ill by making them work hard while contemplating the purposelessness of life as our governors and religionists would have it. His one sf novel, Sometime (1933), set mostly in Africa 1000 years hence, describes en passant the visit of some Africans to a post-ice-age North America (see Ruins and Futurity), where the races have finally bred together successfully in ...

Duff, Douglas V

(1901-1978) Argentinian-born author of UK parents, in the UK from 1906. His service in both World Wars (in 1916 as a naval cadet who had his ship sunk under him), and his inter-war career in the Palestine Police, mark him as a Young Adult writer with nothing to prove about his own manliness; it may (or may not) be consequential upon his personal experience of the world that his work is (almost uniquely in his generation of writers) free of racial or sexual stereotyping: women are active and ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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