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Ingram, Kenneth

(1882-1965) UK barrister, lay theologian, and author of some novels in the field of the fantastic, including Midsummer Sanity (1933), in which Faerie [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and mortal Earth intersect at the summer solstice, at which point the denizens of the former convey wisdom to the denizens of the latter. Three novels are of sf interest. In The Symbolic Island: A Novel (1924), a group of holidayers is trapped on an Island by an umbrella cloud of Poison gas, a ...

Scientific Thrillers

Australian publication which may be regarded either as a Chapbook series or a Magazine: Digest format, monthly November 1948 to May 1952, mostly undated, initially published by Associated General Publications, Sydney, company name changed to Transport Publications from #3 (January 1949). 43 issues in all; page count varied from 32pp to 52pp. The uncredited editors were Alister Innes and Donald H Beard. Most issues consisted of a single novella; six comprised two short stories; there was no ...

Gun Parade March

Kōkidō Gensō Gun Parade March ["High Mobile Machine Fantasy Gun Parade March"] Videogame (2000). Alfa System. PlayStation (2000). / In the closing days of World War Two, the world is invaded by the genjū ("phantom beasts"). Fifty-four years on, Japan has instituted a military draft of teenagers in order to pilot its Humanoid Walking Tanks (see Mecha) in the continued war of resistance against Aliens who have occupied half the planet. The narrative focuses on the 5121st ...

Living Worlds

The notion that a planet might be a living creature is a rather startling one; indeed, it was initially used purely for its shock value. In R A Kennedy's remarkable philosophical extravaganza The Triuneverse (1912), Mars begins to reproduce by binary fission and its daughter cells devour much of the solar system. In "When the World Screamed" (25 February-3 March 1928 Liberty; April-May 1928 Strand) by Arthur Conan Doyle a hole is drilled through the Earth's "skin" and the living flesh within ...

Goodchild, George

(1888-1969) UK thriller and adventure author and playwright. His first sf novel, The Eye of Abu (1927) as by Alan Dare, was an Atlantean (see Atlantis) Lost-World novel relating the discovery of the Fountain of Youth. As Goodchild he followed this with The Monster of Grammont (1927), marginally sf; The Emperor of Hallelujah Island (1930), about a kingdom of criminals; A Message from Space (26 March-17 September 1921 The Children's Newspaper, subtitled "A Thrilling Story of Flying Adventures ...

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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