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Cockburn, Terry

Working name of Terrence Cockburn (?   -    ), South African author currently resident in Botswana, in whose sf novel, The Altoran Creed (1980), a rather unattractively depicted female Utopia which dominates life in a new colony in space is undermined by the revolt of a man with Superpowers. [JC]


The Polynesian word "tabu", from which the English term is taken, was first recorded in 1777 by Captain James Cook (1728-1779) near the end of his last tour of the South Pacific on behalf of the expanding British empire; unsurprisingly perhaps, the word "taboo" was initially applied by early anthropologists to representative of other, exotic, "inferior" cultures: white civilization had evolved beyond taboo (see Evolution). Within that frame of application, the term was early on defined as ...

Williams, Jay

(1914-1978) US actor and author of at least 100 novels, mostly for children, though he wrote mysteries as by Michael Delving and some adult fiction. His first novel, The Stolen Oracle (1943), was an historical tale containing an element of fantasy; many of his singletons were similarly constructed. He is best known for the Danny Dunn sequence of Children's SF tales, beginning with Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint (1956) with Raymond Abrashkin and ending with Danny Dunn and the Universal ...

Showalter, Gena

(1975-    ) US author almost exclusively of paranormal romances [not listed below], mostly designed for the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is the Alien Huntress sequence beginning with Awaken Me Darkly (2005), set in a Near Future New Chicago infested by Aliens, most of them not amiable; the kick-ass protagonist, head of the police department's Alien Investigation and Removal Agency, deals with alien crime (see Crime and Punishment). She undergoes erotic encounters. New ...

First Man Into Space

Film (1958), also known by its original screenplay title Satellite of Blood. Amalgamated/MGM. Directed by Robert Day. Written by John C Cooper, Lance Z Hargreaves, based on the original screenplay "Satellite of Blood" by Wyott Ordung. Cast includes Robert Ayres, Bill Edwards, Marla Landi and Marshall Thompson. 77 minutes. Black and white. / This is the second of two sf films made by Amalgamated in the UK that pretend to be set in the USA (the other was Fiend Without a Face [1957]). First ...

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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