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Costain, Meredith

(1955-    ) Australian author of a large number of books for children and Young Adult readers. Those few with any sf or fantastic content tend to be light-hearted; her attentions are focused elsewhere. [JC]

Cunningham, Scott

(1956-1993) US author of many popular works on Wicca, and of Operation: Death Ray (1982), an unassuming sf adventure featuring the eponymous Ray. [JC]

Philipson, Alan

(?   -    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the very lengthy Deathlands sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. [DRL]

Métal Hurlant

French Bedsheet-size, glossy colour Comic-strip sf magazine launched January 1975 by Bernard Farkas, Jean-Pierre Dionnet (1947-    ) and illustrators Jean Giraud and Philippe Druillet; published by Les Humanöids Associées. Conceived as a high-quality showcase for the growing number of French sf artists, Métal Hurlant was an instant success, combining many aspects of sf narrative with particular stress on the erotic, the grotesque and the horrific in ...

Ramsden, Lewis

Pseudonym of A L Dowling (?   -?   ), UK author of The Temple of Fire (1905), a Lost Race tale whose contemporary protagonists are directed to a mysterious Island in the South Atlantic by a "Strange Letter Found in a Copper Vessel" from Elizabethan times, and find there a civilization descended from ancient Persia; an even more ancient civilization, having suffered racial Devolution, haunts the Underground caverns beneath the island in Apes as Human guise. Though ...

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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