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Fantasy Commentator

US Amateur Magazine one of the earliest fan-based magazines that could be regarded as an Academic Journal based on its scholarly articles. Edited from New York by A Langley Searles in two series: first series: Fall (September) 1943 to #26, Spring/Summer 1952. Issues #27 (Spring 1953) and #28 (Fall 1953) were prepared at the time but not printed and remained uncirculated until 1986; second series: #29, Winter 1978/1979 to #59/60, Spring 2011. There were six double issues starting with #45/46, ...

Chase, Adam

Pseudonym used usually by Milton Lesser alone, but once in collaboration with Paul W Fairman on The Golden Ape (1959), based on "Quest of the Golden Ape" (January-March 1957 Amazing) as by Adam Chase and Ivar Jorgensen, the latter being a House Name associated in that spelling with Fairman. [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database Picture Gallery

Rosny aîné, J-H

Principal pseudonym of French-speaking Belgian author Joseph-Henri-HonoréBoëx (1856-1940), in the UK 1875-1884, subsequently in France. He initially signed this name simply J-H Rosny, without an indication of seniority ("aîné" meaning "elder"), and shared this form of the pseudonym with his younger brother Justin; some works published as by J-H Rosny during that period, none of them sf, are collaborative. After 1907, when the brothers separated, the name was divided, ...

Appel, John

(circa 1963-    ) US specialist in information security issues, now primarily an author whose first novel, Assassin's Orbit (2021), set in a moderately complex Space Opera universe. The planet Ilera is close to choosing union with a larger confederation known as the Commonwealth. The Politics of such a move are subject to coercive schemes; the protagonist, a private investigator, becomes deeply involved. The action is strenuous. [JC]

Bull, Albert E

(?   -?   ) UK author who according to a contemporary Who's Who in Literature lived in London, and who was active from the turn of the century for about three decades, usually as the author of nonfiction self-help manuals, crime novels and a series of children's stories. He also used the pseudonym Arthur Ward Basset for a nonfiction work in the Famous Crimes series. Radium, and the Detective (1905) is a detective novel of marginal sf interest, and The Mystery 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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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