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Despard, Leslie

Working name of UK author John Leslie Despard Howitt (1895-1940), an author mostly of detective stories, though The Amazing Adventures of Mr Henry Button (1927) is an sf tale describing the Invention of a device designed to enforce peace upon the world. Though clearly over-age, he joined the RAF and was shot down in action. [JC]

Jenks, William

(1778-1866) US clergyman and author whose Future History, Memoir of the Northern Kingdom, Written, A D 1872 [for full title see Checklist below] (dated 1901 but 1808), describes the world as of the date of its claimed composition. Politics dominates the account. America has been split into three parts: the Southern States, now a monarchy under the influence of France; the Northern States, at peace with Canada due to the marriage of the King of Canada to the daughter of the American president; ...

Raumpatrouille: Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion

German tv series (1966), referred to in English as Space Patrol; its full official title translated into English is "Space Patrol: The Fantastic Adventures of the Spaceship Orion". Produced by Bavaria Films for the ARD network. Created by Rolf Honold and Hans Gottschalk. Produced by Gottschalk and Helmut Krapp. Writers were Michael Braun, Gottschalk, Honold, Krapp, Theo Mezger, and Oliver Storz. Directors were Mezger and Braun. Most creative personnel were collectively credited as W G Larsen. ...

Ellik, Ron

(1938-1968) US computer programmer, author and well-known sf fan, co-editor with Terry Carr of a Hugo-winning Fanzine, Fanac (1958-1961). Ellik was co-author of The Universes of E.E. Smith (1966) with Bill Evans. Most of the book is a concordance of themes, characters, locations, Terminology and so on, though there is some critical content. Evans dealt with the Skylark series and Ellik – at much greater length – with the Lensman books. Under the joint pseudonym Fredric Davies he ...

Monteiro, Jerônymo

(1908-1970) Brazilian author and editor who was in a certain sense the first sf fan in Brazil. He was hooked as a child through H G Wells's books, and in his first sf stories he used the pseudonym "Ronnie Wells". Under this name, he wrote the adventures of the hugely popular detective Dick Peter in a radio show which lasted several years from 1937 on. Later, Dick Peter's exploits were collected in book form; they are Pulpish tales aimed at teenagers, most of them crime thrillers set in New ...

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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