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Roberts, Gareth

(1968-    ) UK author of several Ties to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: The Highest Science (1993) in the Doctor Who: The New Adventures subseries, and continuing with Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: The Romance of Crime (1995) in the Doctor Who: Missing Adventures subseries and Doctor Who: New Series: Only Human (2005) in the Doctor Who: New Series subseries. Doctor Who: Shada (2012) with Douglas Adams is a reconstruction of an ...

Becker, Kurt

(1916-2010) US priest born in Venezuela with a German father; in the USA from 1924, applied for naturalization in 1946. His sf novel is the a Young Adult Countdown! (1958), whose protagonist worries whether or not he'll make the Mars flight; he does. [JC/SH]

Assael, Samuel

(1920-1998) UK publisher, senior partner at John Spencer and Co, best known for its Badger Books imprint. With his fellow-publisher Maurice Nahum, Assael edited the four 1950s Spencer magazines given separate entries in this encyclopedia: Futuristic Science Stories (1950-1954) under the pseudonym John S Manning; Tales of Tomorrow (1950-1954) uncredited – of which Nahum co-edited only the second issue; Wonders of the Spaceways (1950-1954) uncredited; and Worlds of Fantasy (1950-1954) ...

Monsters and Heroes

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Seven issues, 1967 to 1970, from M & H Publications. Editor and publisher: Larry Ivie (?1936-2014). Publication schedule was nominally bi-monthly, but in fact very erratic. / A high-quality magazine which also covered Comics and featured considerable material on Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was largely written and illustrated by Ivie himself; he painted the covers for all seven issues. Of particular interest to ...

Connolly, John

(1968-    ) Irish journalist and author, active from the mid-1990s, partner of Jennifer Ridyard, with whom he has collaborated; best known for his Charlie Parker noir crime thrillers beginning with Every Dead Thing (1999), featuring an ex-police detective, normally in private practice after the devastating family tragedy that initiates the series; his unusual methods are seen as suspicious and possibly renegade, but are generally – and increasingly – explained by ...

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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