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Seton, Graham

Pseudonym of Scottish soldier and author Graham Seton Hutchison (1890-1946), whose early sympathy with Nazi Germany led him to found the British Empire Fascist Party in 1933, which was soon dissolved but did his career as an author of military adventures little good. The Colonel Grant sequence of thrillers, beginning with The W Plan (1929), remained within the limits of the mundane until the final volume, The V Plan (1941), a World War Two tale set in the very Near Future, in which England ...

Blob, The

1. Film (1958). Tonylyn/Paramount. Directed Irvin S Yeaworth Jr. Written by Kay Linaker, Irving H Milgate, Theodore Simonson. Cast includes Aneta Corseaut, Steve McQueen and Earl Rowe. 86 minutes. Colour. / An Alien Blob which grows by absorbing flesh reaches Earth in a hollow meteorite – whose impact is witnessed by the young hero Steve Andrews (McQueen) and his girlfriend Jane Martin (Corseaut) – and duly begins to consume the inhabitants of a small US town. No one believes ...

Stoddard, William O

(1835-1925) US editor, government official, inventor and author, Abraham Lincoln's Assistant Private Secretary 1861-1864, resigning for health reasons which also truncated his slightly later career as a United States Marshall in Arkansas. His patents were in the field of publishing. He began to publish fiction in 1869, producing in the end more than 100 volumes, mostly for young readers. Those of sf interest include two Lost Race novels: The Lost God of the Montezumas: A Story of the Alamo ...

Utter, Virgil S

(1925-2006) US fan and bibliographer whose first publications were letters to Astounding in 1942 and 1944. He wrote or co-wrote several titles in the Galactic Central Bibliographies for the Avid Reader series. The entry for Phil Stephensen-Payne gives the full list of these useful booklets; only Utter's solo contributions, on George Allan England and Perley Poore Sheehan, are shown below. His final bibliography, of E Hoffman Price, was a contribution to that author's posthumous essay collection ...

Benni, Stefano

(1947-    ) Italian journalist and author who published several nonfiction books before releasing his first novel, Terra! (1983; trans Annapaoloa Cancogni 1985), set in a Post-Holocaust world racked by Nuclear Winter; the action moves from the Underground city of Paris to a race through space to occupy a new and Edenic planet. Governing the farcical tone is a genuinely Satirical assault on human mores. Benni has been likened to Robert Sheckley. [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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