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Swindells, Robert E

(1939-    ) UK translator and author who has concentrated for most of his career on Young Adult novels, several of them set in his native Yorkshire. Although most of his work has been fantasy, sf novels of interest have appeared at various points over this career, beginning with When Darkness Comes (1973), a Prehistoric SF tale movingly depicting the consequences of the incursion of Homo sapiens on the early world, and Brother in the Land (1984; vt Fallout 1993), which in a ...

Langford, George

(1876-1964) US industrialist, amateur palaeontologist and author of several Prehistoric SF tales for juvenile readers (see Children's SF), beginning with the two Pic the Weapon-Maker tales, Pic the Weapon-Maker (1920) and Kutnar, Son of Pic (1921), set 25,000 years ago and featuring what may be Telepathic rapport with mammoths; Senrac, the Lion Man: Adventures of a Boy in the Stone Age (1954) touches fairly closely upon some Tarzan tropes in its depiction of the raising of a feral human boy and ...

Taylor, Charles Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of By Wireless from Venus (1922), a lightly fictionalized report, conveyed by radio Communications from Venus, describing life in the solar system. Some civilizations are advanced Utopias but others are not. [JC]

Bermuda Depths, The

Made-for-tv film (1978). ABC television network. Rankin/Bass Productions-Tsubura Productions. Directed by Tom (Tsugunobu) Kotani. Cast includes Burl Ives, Leigh McCloskey, Connie Sellecca and Carl Weathers. Written by William Overgard from a story by Arthur Rankin Jr. 100 minutes, often cut to 90 minutes. Colour. / Something of an oddball companion film to The Last Dinosaur (1977), The Bermuda Depths offers a fairly complicated plot for a US television film of the period, mixing sea ...

Pape, Richard

(1916-1995) UK author of various books including his bestselling wartime autobiography, Boldness Be My Friend (1953), and a number of thrillers. In And So Ends the World ... (1961), arrogant mankind is given a severe warning from high-up cosmic sources – the Moon disappears – and comes to its senses. The novel is more mysticism than sf. [JC]

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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