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Goodfellow, David

(?   -    ) US author of Not Long Under an Alien Sun (1996), an sf novel about young executives in peril from Villainous corporate interference upon a Spaceship. [JC]

McGuire, Seanan

(1978-    ) US filker (see Filk), Internet presence and author, who also writes as by A Deborah Baker and Mira Grant; she began publishing work of genre interest with "Lost" in Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name (anth 2009) edited by SatyrPhil Brucato and Sandra Buskirk, and became prominent very quickly, winning the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 2010. She shared the newly introduced Hugo for best fancast with other presenters of the Audiozine SF ...


Canadian tv series (2000-2001, 2003-2004; vt Starhunter 3200). SpaceWorks Studios/The Danforth Studios Ltd/Alliance Atlantis Communications. Created by Daniel D'Or and Philip Jackson for The Movie Network, Canada. Directors included François Basset, Luc Chalifour and Patrick Malakian. Writers included Julian Fikus, Peter I Horton, and Nelu Ghiran. Cast includes Tanya Allen, David Fournier (season 1), Paul Fox (season 2), Stephen Marcus, Murray Melvin (season 1), Michael Paré ...

Solar Wind

This scientific term has found much favour in sf Terminology. The stars constantly emit highly energetic particles as well as, of course, light, which is itself composed of tiny particles, photons (although here the word "particle" has a slightly different meaning). These particles exert a gentle outward pressure (which is why the tail of a Comet always points away from the Sun). A low-mass Spaceship with a huge, incredibly thin sail, perhaps made of aluminium or aluminized plastic film, could ...

Parrish, Randall

(1858-1923) US lawyer, journalist and author, mostly of romantic Westerns, a category description which roughly frames his Lost Race novel, Prisoners of Chance: The Story of What Befell Geoffrey Benteen, Borderman, Through his Love for a Lady of France (1908), set in Louisiana Province in the eighteenth century, where the protagonist discovers the ancient race now known to scholars as the Mound Builders. [JC]

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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