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Montague, Charles Howard

(1858-1889) US editor, journalist and author whose Two Strokes of the Bell: A Strange Story (1886) deals melodramatically with Amnesia in a supernatural frame. Of more sf interest is The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Clement Milton Hammond, where a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the existence of the soul. [JC]

Green, A Lincoln

Pseudonym of the UK author eventually identified in David Finkelstein's Index to Blackwood's Magazine, 1901-1980 (1995) as the physician, paediatrician and evolutionist Louis Robinson (1857-1928). His literary activity as A Lincoln Green seems to have been restricted to one year, beginning with "The Captivity of the Professor" (February 1901 Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine), in which an entomologist is captured by a species of evolved ants (see Evolution), forced to entertain his captors to ...

Jerrold, Douglas

(1893-1964) UK publisher and author, whose Storm Over Europe (1930) expresses – through the history of a Ruritania caught in the trammels of twentieth-century thought and politics – a conservative Roman Catholic view of history which his contemporaries thought eccentrically intense. In 1954 he declared Arnold J Toynbee (1889-1975) a traitor to the Christian world. [JC]

Reed, Jeremy

(1951-    ) UK poet and author, much of whose fiction comprises a set of loosely-linked tales about nineteenth-century decadents; those with fantasy elements include Isidore: A Novel About the Comte de Lautreamont (1991), When the Whip Comes Down: A Novel about de Sade (1992), in which de Sade Timeslips through the centuries, and Dorian (1997), about Oscar Wilde [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest are Diamond Nebula (1994), ...

McAllister, Bruce

(1946-    ) US academic, editor and author, director of the creative-writing programme at the University of Redlands, California, and Professor of English there from 1983 until his retirement in 1997. He has written at least eighty stories since starting to publish sf in July 1963 with "The Faces Outside" (for If), which after many years was assembled, along with a representative sample of his short work, as The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories (coll 2007). "The Boy" ...

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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