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Cherryh, C J

Working name of US author Carolyn Janice Cherry (1942-    ), who taught for some years (1965-1976) before becoming a full-time writer; she is the sister of David A Cherry. Since 1976 – when she won the John W Campbell Award for most promising writer – she has produced more novels than stories, publishing several before her first story, the Hugo-winning "Cassandra" (October 1978 F&SF). Eventually she accumulated enough short fiction to publish The Collected ...

Kinder, Stephen

(1857-1917) US railwayman and author of Dutch descent. In his sf novel, The Sabertooth: A Romance of Put-In-Bay (1902), a Wandering Jew-like survivor from the last Ice age – his Immortality seemingly caused both by the Cryogenic effect of the ice, and by his wife's curse – haunts Underground caverns beneath the eponymous Island in the northern wilds of America. Eventually he floods this warren, which has been used by smugglers to store bootleg liquor and other loot; but survives ...

Jacobson, Howard

(1942-    ) UK academic, journalist and author, active in the latter capacity from the 1970s, his first novel being Coming from Behind (1983); perhaps to the detriment of his career as an author of the literary mainstream, he was identified from the first as a comic novelist, though The Finkler Question (2010) won what was by then called the Man Booker Prize. Fortunately, in his first sf novel there are only slight evidences of dissociation typical of the Mainstream Writer ...

Blaine, John

Pseudonym of US author Harold Leland Goodwin (1914-1990) who specialized in sf-adventure novels for teenage readers. His books tended to emphasize the nuts and bolts of science and technology, and were more carefully written than most series books for teens. As Blake Savage he also wrote an sf novel for teens, Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet (1952; vt Assignment in Space with Rip Foster 1958; vt Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet 1969). The protagonist is a newly graduated lieutenant ...

Day After Tomorrow, The [tv]

Tv programme (1975; vt Into Infinity). Gerry Anderson Productions for BBC 1 (UK), NBC-TV (US). Produced by Gerry Anderson. Directed by Charles Crichton. Written by Johnny Byrne. Cast includes Brian Blessed, Joanna Dunham, Martin Lev, Katherine Levy and Nick Tate. Narrator: Ed Bishop. 52 minutes; expanded to 80 minutes. Colour. / In the Near Future, humanity is facing possible extinction due to environmental damage from Pollution and the depletion of resources. The Antares is the 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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