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Simpson, N F

(1919-2011) UK playwright, screenwriter and author whose relationship to conventional sf is tangential, though several of his plays employ Absurdist SF strategies, including his first, A Resounding Tinkle (performed 1 December 1957 Royal Court Theatre, London; 1958 chap), in which new governments are formed in response to door-to-door enquiries, and a suburban couple is forced to complain when the elephant they had ordered is the wrong size; and his most famous, One Way Pendulum (performed 14 ...

Harney, Gilbert Lane

(1851-1925) US church minister and author of Philoland (1900), a Utopia set in a Hollow Earth venue, where a Lost Race of ancient Hebrews has established a populous civilization. It is a relatively sophisticated benign vision of a highly technologized Underground society; such visions are exceedingly rare after World War One. [JC]

Kensch, Otto

An Australian pseudonym, or more likely House Name, used on several unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles. Of most sf interest are Time Has a Door (1949 chap), in which a twentieth-century scientist Time-Travels to a Ruined Earth where Devolution has created Monsters, and Sleep Is Death (coll 1950 chap), the title story involving a crime writer and his Doppelganger, a figure who literally takes over its sibling's body. The Kensch byline was also used for four stories in the Australian ...

Swamp Thing

1. Film (1982). See The Swamp Thing. / 2. US tv series (1990-1993). BBK Productions/DIC Enterprises/MCA Television/Universal Television for the USA Network. Produced by Bob Malden, Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Based on characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Directors included Chuck Bowman, John McPherson and Walter von Huene. Writers included Tom Blomquist, Sandra Berg, Steven L Sears and Joseph Stefano. Special make-up by Michael Burnett and Tony Gardner. Cast ...

Huang, S L

(?   -    ) US stuntwoman and author whose Russell's Attic sequence, beginning with Zero Sum Game (2014), features an exceedingly tough female operative whose preternatural capacity to graph Mathematical calculi of movements in the real world makes her dangerous. She seems to have suffered a Memory Edit about the source of this Superpower. Huang's style is briskly knowing. Her story "As the Last I May Know" (23 October 2019 won a Hugo for best short ...

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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