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Presland, John

Pseudonym of Australian poet, playwright and author Gladys Williams Skelton Bendit (1885-1975), in UK from early adulthood; she signed at least one novel, the nonfantastic Barricade (1926) as by John Presland and Gladys Skelton. Escape Me – Never! (1928) is set in the Near Future. Some of her poetry, like "Wisdom and Youth" in The Deluge and Other Poems (coll 1911) the long quasi-dramatic "The Quest" and others ...

Where Have All the People Gone?

Made-for-tv film (1974). Metromedia/NBC. Directed by John L Moxey. Teleplay Lewis John Carlino, Sandor Stern, from a story by Carlino. Cast includes Verna Bloom, Peter Graves, George O'Hanlon Jr and Ken Sanson. 72 minutes. Colour. / A man and his teenage children are in a cave when a solar flare creates a virus (!) which kills, then reduces to something like sand, almost everybody on Earth. Following this global Disaster the family journeys across ...

Lucas, S Beresford

(1885-1943) UK author, usually of tales for boys; of sf interest are The Lost Valley of Diamonds (1937), in which an African Lost World proves to be inhabited by prehistoric creatures; and The Mysterious Airport (1940), in which a young lad fights off a gang of villains, despite their array of Inventions. [JC]

Moore, Stuart

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to the Wargame Dark Future, Dark Future: American Meat (2005) and Dark Future: Reality Bites (2006). He also novelized the film John Carter (2012). The Zodiac Legacy trilogy with Stan Lee, opening with Convergence (2015) is ...

Archipelago [game]

Role Playing Game (2007; rev 2009, 2012). Independent Game. Designed by Matthijs Holter. / Small Press roleplaying game associated with the improvisational approach of the Nørwegian Style Live Action Role Playing movement and the affiliation of its methods with the folktales of ...

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 ...

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