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Allen, Arthur Bruce

(1903-1975) UK author whose The Pyromaniac (1938) uninterestingly features the use of a heat-operated Ray Gun. [JC]

Voyage dans la Lune, Le

Film (1902; vt A Trip to the Moon). Star-Film. Directed and written by Georges Méliès, from novels cited below. Cast includes Henri Delannoy, François Lallement, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès. 21 minutes. Tinted. / This is the first sf film (apart from short subjects lasting only 1-2 minutes). French Cinema pioneer Méliès based his amusing spectacle extremely loosely on Jules Verne's De la terre à la lune (1865; trans as ...

Satō Haruo

(1892-1964) Japanese author and poet, very much part of the mainstream literary establishment, remembered in sf terms for an early experiment in Dystopia and fantasies that prefigured those of dedicated genre authors such as Jūza Unno. Satō was only sixteen when his first work was published, a poem in the literary magazine Myōjō. He soon attained celebrity as a poet and occasional critic, and caused a literary stir in 1913 with a public attack on the quality of the Japanese ...

Johnston, Mary

(1870-1936) US author of nonfantastic novels, several of which are of significance in the history of American Feminism, most importantly Hagar (1913), whose optimistic conclusion adumbrates a more Utopian world; and of some supernatural fictions [listed below for convenience]. She is of sf interest for The Wanderers (coll of linked stories 1917), which follows through prehistory (see Prehistoric SF) and later times the intimately intertwined adventures, as enabled by their multiple shared ...

Jones, Raymond F

(1915-1994) US author, very active for about fifteen years after he first appeared in Astounding in September 1941 with "Test of the Gods". He was virtually silent in the 1960s; some more routine novels appeared in the 1970s. His best-known short story is the witty "Noise Level" (December 1952 Astounding), an archetypal Astounding tale of Conceptual Breakthrough, scientific advance taking place through destruction of a previous paradigm: Scientists are told that Antigravity exists, and so ...

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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