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Ker, David

(1842-1914) UK author of Scots ancestry who became a tutor in Russia and was Daily Telegraph and New York Herald war correspondent with the Russian army in the 1870s. His stories for include three Lost Race tales: The Lost City; Or, the Boy Explorers in Central Asia (16 October 1883-1 January 1884 Harper's Young People Illustrated Weekly; 1884), in which an ancient Greek city is found in Tashkent; Lost Among White Africans: A Boy's Adventures on the Upper Congo (1886), in which a tribe of white ...

Avon Science Fiction Reader

US Digest-size magazine, published by Avon Books, edited by Donald A Wollheim, and – as with its companion series, Avon Fantasy Reader treated by Wollheim as an Anthology series [see his entry, therefore, for list of titles] but by contemporary readers as a Magazine. It had a policy similar to that of its companion, but featured sf – mostly of routine pulp quality – rather than fantasy reprints. There were three issues, two in 1951 and one in 1952. Both magazines were ...

Roberts, Tony

Working name of British artist Anthony Roberts (1950-    ), occasionally bylined thus but more often credited as Tony Roberts. After receiving artistic training at Wolverhampton College of Art from 1967 to 1969, and at Ravensbourne College of Art from 1969 to 1972, he almost immediately began painting sf book covers. While his first two covers – for a 1973 edition of Ralph Blum's The Simultaneous Man (1970) and a 1973 edition of Philip K Dick's Ubik (1969) – ...

Boogiepop Phantom

Japanese animated tv series (2001). Original title Bugīpoppu wa Warawanai Boogiepop Phantom. Based on the Light Novels by Kouhei Kadono. Madhouse. Directed by Takashi Watanabe. Written by Sadayuki Murai. Voice cast includes Yuu Asakawa, Jun Fukuyama and Kaori Shimizu. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Years ago the secretive Towa Organization captured and experimented on an Alien called Echoes, who came to Earth to evaluate the human race: they created a Clone, called Manticore, who ...


Film (1989). Entertainment Film Productions. Produced by Gary Kurtz. Directed by Steven M Lisberger. Written by Tony Kayden, based on a story by Bill Bauer. Cast includes Kitty Aldridge, Eleanor David, Mark Hamill, Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton and Bob Peck. 102 minutes. Colour. / Unspecified ecological rape has led to great earthquakes and geological changes all over the world. A strong, constant "river" of wind, the Slipstream, blows always in one direction across a scarred landscape which ...

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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