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Captain Justice

The hero of a long-running series of boys' stories (see Boys' Papers) published in Modern Boy, a weekly magazine published by Amalgamated Press through the 1930s. The stories were written by Murray Roberts (Robert Murray Graydon) and later – following his death – by John Garbutt. Very British, Captain Justice wore white ducks, smoked cigars and worked out of Titanic Tower in the mid-Atlantic. In the course of battling for good he survived Robots, giant insects, runaway planets and ...

Valentine, Nicole

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity (2019), couches a complex Time Travel narrative in terms available to a younger cohort of the Young Adult category. The young protagonist, after suffering through the disappearance of a sibling and his mother, must learn the combination of Physics and Magic required to navigate portals and traverse the corridors of time. The inconclusiveness of the narrative suggests ...

SLA Industries

Role Playing Game (1993). Nightfall Games. Designed by Dave Allsop. / SLA Industries is a game of satirical ultraviolence, set in a world-spanning City in an alternate Dimension (see Parallel Worlds). This universe is dominated by the eponymous corporation and its ruler, Mr Slayer. Its society is an exaggerated reflection of 1980s Anglo-Saxon capitalism, split between the wealthy Uptowns and the hopeless Downtowns, stalked by cannibals and rogue Cyborgs. The population is tranquillized by ...

Wormser, Richard

(1908-1977) US screenwriter and author who worked in various genres from the beginning of the 1930s. Under his own name and of some sf interest were Thief of Bagdad (1961) and The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), both film Ties, and Pan Satyrus (1963), featuring a chimpanzee in space. He is credited with something like seventeen Nick Carter tales (see Nick Carter), none of them apparently of sf interest. He wrote a tie to the Television series The Green Hornet (1966-1967): The Green ...

Churchill, A T

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The New Industrial Dawn (1939), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which a Utopia is discovered, constructed on Eugenic lines, and featuring as form of state capitalism that brings abundance to all. [JC/MA]

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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