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Marfax, Clyde

Author (?   -    ), perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Planets of Peril (1954 chap), #4 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Marfax has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

Maison d'Ailleurs, La

"The house of elsewhere", subtitled (in French) "The museum of Utopia, of extraordinary voyages and of science fiction". This establishment in Yverdon, Switzerland, contains about 50,000 items relating to sf, maybe half of them books and magazines, the remainder all sorts of ephemera: Toys, Games, stamps, posters, calendars, etc. Founded in 1975 by Pierre Versins, who donated his celebrated private Collection to it, it was given much-needed financial assistance by the town of Yverdon in 1989, ...

Clarke, I F

(1918-2009) UK Intelligence officer and code-cracker during World War Two, Professor of English (from 1964) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and author. His first major publication was the Bibliography The Tale of the Future: From the Beginning to the Present Day: A Check-list of those Satires, Ideal States, Imaginary Wars and Invasions, Political Warnings and Forecasts, Interplanetary Voyages and Scientific Romances All Located in an Imaginary Future Period – that have been ...

Gunn, David

(?   -    ) Author, almost certainly pseudonymous, whose Military SF tale, Death's Head (2007), which is set in anonymous Space Opera country and features an exceedingly tough protagonist, begins the Death's Head sequence. This series appears to have ceased with the third volume, Death's Head: Day of the Damned (2009), despite the author's announcement in 2009 that a fourth was in progress. / It has been argued from circumstantial evidence related to ...

Yano Ryūkei

Pen-name of Fumio Yano (1851-1931), a Japanese journalist, author and publisher regarded as one of the fathers of the genre in his native country. An early adopter of Western learning in the swiftly modernizing Japan, Yano studied English and Western law at Keiō Gijuku (later Keiō University). Following his graduation in 1873, he remained there as a teacher. In 1876, he became a journalist for the daily newspaper Yūbin Hōchi Shinbun ["Postal Bulletin News"]. From 1878-1881, ...

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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