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Bridges, T C

(1868-1944) French-born UK author, in Florida for some years before 1894; he also wrote as Christopher Beck. A prolific author of boys' fiction from 1899 or earlier, including some Sexton Blake Library stories, he wrote several sf tales for the oldest segment of his audience. Of greatest interest are The Secret of the Waters (1917), a tale set Under the Sea, where young lads in a submarine encounter Monsters; Martin Crusoe: A Boy's Adventure on Wizard Island (1920), which takes young Martin ...

Riverside Quarterly

Fanzine (1964-1993) edited by Leland Sapiro from various locations in the USA and Canada; 35 issues from August 1964 to August 1993. / Riverside Quarterly began as a retitled continuation of the fanzine Inside Science Fiction (1953-1963; titled Inside on its 1962 revival), published by Ron Smith and then Jon White, which won a Hugo in 1956 and itself incorporated a still earlier fanzine, Fantasy Advertiser (1946-1954). (The latter was launched in 1946 by Gus Willmorth; its second editor, ...

Space Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, Spring and August 1957, published by the Republic Features Syndicate; edited by Lyle Kenyon Engel, with much editorial work, uncredited, by Michael Avallone. Despite featuring such names as Arthur C Clarke, Raymond F Jones, Mack Reynolds and Jack Vance the magazine carried virtually nothing of any consequence. The best story may have been John Jakes's "The Devil Spins a Sun-Dream" (Spring 1957), which transplants a treasure hunt from the Old West to Mars ...

Lazarus, Keo Felker

(1913-1993) US author for children and the Young Adult market whose Gismo trilogy – comprising The Gismo: A Science Fiction Story (1970; vt The Gismo from Outer Space 1974), The Gismonauts (1981) and A Message from Monaal (1981) – begins when a young lad discovers the eponymous Communications device that links its user to outer space and an Alien race whose leader Throalian Monaal is studying Earth's society. Book two takes up the tale in the Near Future as the first protagonist's ...

Ogawa Yōko

(1962-    ) Japanese author, active from the late 1980s. Of her prolific output, the 1990 title story of The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (coll trans Stephen Snyder from various sources 2008) won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2008. She is of sf interest for Hisoyaka na kesshō (1994; trans Stephen Snyder as The Memory Police 2019), a somewhat abstract but intensely narrated Dystopian tale set in something like the Near Future on an isolated Island whose inhabitants are ...

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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