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Strutton, Bill

(1918-2003) Australian screenwriter and author; he was active in the former capacity from 1958, writing for various series including Doctor Who (1963-current), for which his only sf book of interest was also written, the Tie Doctor Who and the Zarbi (1972; vt Doctor Who – the Web Planet 1991). This tale was based on his own script, "The Web Planet" (13 February-20 March 1965 6 episodes). [JC]

De Haven, Tom

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his first novel, Freaks' Amour (1979), set in 1988 among a group of Mutants created by an atomic mishap, and following their lives as itinerant performers. A similar inclination to place a large connected cast in a surreally threatening world impels the otherwise very different Derby Dugan sequence – comprising Funny Papers (1985), Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (1996) and Dugan Under Ground (2001) – a kind of ...

Airship Destroyer, The

Film (1909; vt The Aerial Torpedo, 1915). Charles Urban Trading Company. Directed and written by Walter R Booth. The attribution of the story to Jules Verne is false. Cast not given. 11 minutes. Black and white. / The Airship Destroyer, which merits notice as one of the first sf films, translates with some efficiency into visual terms the popular Future War Invasion story in which England is threatened from abroad. The film is signboarded into three parts. Preparation: somewhere in the ...

Tales from the Darkside

US tv series (1983-1988). Laurel Entertainment, Inc. Syndicated. Created by Richard P Rubinstein. Executive producers Jerry Golod, George A Romero and Richard P Rubinstein. Directors included Frank De Palma, Jody Foster and Tom Savini. Writers included Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, Michael Kube-McDowell and Edithe Swenson. 90 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This horror and fantasy Television Anthology Series was inspired by the Romero-directed film Creepshow (1982). The series was ...

Messac, Régis

(1893-1945) French academic, translator and author who published widely under a number of pseudonyms, none of them used for stories of the fantastic. He was in active service throughout World War One, where his pacifism was confirmed; his later Communist affiliations (presumably) occasioned his deportation in 1943 by the German government and incarceration in various camps until his death, probably in January 1945, in the Gross-Rosen complex, or Dora, or Bergen-Belsen. / Messac is of sf ...

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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