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Hansman, William

(1913-2000) Canadian-born US author whose sf novel is The A.G. Man (1968). [JC/DRL]

Babylon Zoo

Shortlived UK pop group who enjoyed chart success with their single "Spaceman" (1996), a number one chart hit in 23 countries including the UK. The song, a glamrock expression of yearning to become an "intergalactic" astronaut, is memorable for its speeded-up opening and closing sections in which singer and writer Jas Mann's (1971-    ) usually thrumming voice is rendered squeaky and alien. Two albums, including one (King Kong Groover, 1999) with pronounced sf content, ...


In sf Terminology, a ship capable of travel between the stars – one of the many sf neologisms which have passed into the language. Various aspects of such ships are discussed under Faster Than Light; Generation Starships; Spaceships; Suspended Animation; World Ships. [PN]

Pringle, Eric

(1935-2017) UK screenwriter and author connected in his earlier career with the Doctor Who universe, for which he wrote a Tie, Doctor Who – The Awakening (1985). Later he chiefly concentrated on Radio work, though his Big George sequence for younger children, beginning with Big George (2001), amusingly retells the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in sf terms, with a lovable Alien serving as dragon. [JC]

Feibush, Ray

(1948-1998) UK artist, occasionally working as Raymond Feibush, known for the string of sf covers he produced for New English Library/NEL during the 1970s; he painted using primarily gouache and acrylics, sans airbrush, and often in a quasi-surrealist style – although as capable as any of producing more straightforward sf artwork. He spent his formative years in the US, attending Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, New York State, whose alumni association remembers him as "the ...

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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