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Halberstam, Michael J

(1932-1980) US medical doctor and author whose The Wanting of Levine (1978) depicts a Near Future US presidential campaign which ends in the 1988 election of the Jewish politician Levine, whose wry wisdom may bring the nation back from the violent civil strife that has already begun to balkanize the land. Halberstam was murdered by a burglar whom he had surprised on returning home with his wife. [JC]

Harper, Harry

(1880-1960) UK author with Claude Grahame-White of two sf juveniles: The Air-King's Treasure (1913) and The Invisible War-Plane: A Tale of Air Adventure in the Great Campaign (1915). In the latter an Airship is concealed by paint which (it is claimed) neither absorbs nor reflects light. Much later Harper wrote two solo works of semifictional Futures Studies, Winged World: The Coming of the Air Age (1946), where something like a planetary Pax Aeronautica is anticipated, and Dawn of the Space Age ...

Meek, Joe

(1929-1967) UK music producer and composer, famous for creating a distinctive, innovative and influential sound. His lifelong interest in "outer space" resulted in one early concept-album, I hear a new world – an outer space music fantasy by Joe Meek (1960). Set mostly on the moon and concerning aliens called Globbots, Saroos and Dribcots it strives to create sonic landscapes by adding weird sound effects to blues and skiffle songs. But Meek is more famous as a producer and writer of ...

Contact [2]

Russian animated film (1978; original title Kontakt). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Alexander Kostinsky. 10 minutes. Colour. / An artist wandering the countryside rests by a lake: as he hums to himself, a Spaceship arrives. Its pilot – a Shapeshifting fluorescent triangle-eyed slug-like Alien – attempts First Contact, but the artist is terrified and flees. The alien pursues, eventually winning the artist's trust by loosely mimicking his appearance and ...

Vincent, Harl

Working name of US engineer and author Harold Vincent Schoepflin (1893-1968) for all his fiction, beginning with "The Golden Girl of Munan" in Amazing for June 1928; with the exception of Master of Dreams (1946 chap), little of his shorter work reached book form before the twenty-first century. He was a popular writer in the Pulp magazines of sf's early prime, contributing to the well-known Round-Robin sf story solicited by Fantasy Magazine for its September 1935 issue, "The Challenge from ...

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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