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Aimard, Gustave

Pseudonym of French author Olivier Gloux (1818-1883), author of a large number of adventures set in the American West, many of them published in English in the Aimard's Tales of Indian Life sequence; there is no proper bibliographical account of these titles' transit from French to English. Of those translated into English, two have been noted as being of genre interest: The Indian Scout: A Story of the Aztec City (trans anon 1861), a Lost Race tale; and Last of the Incas: A Romance (trans anon ...

Whates, Ian

(1959-    ) UK anthologist, publisher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Flesh and Metal" as by I G Whates in Dream Magazine for March 1987; much of his best short fiction has been assembled as The Gift of Joy (coll 2009) and Growing Pains (coll 2013). The City of a Hundred Rows sequence, beginning with City of Dreams & Nightmare (2010), is Urban Fantasy set in a City so intricately tiered into a mountain that it could be thought of as an ...


US tv series (1977-1978). MGM Television for ABC-TV. Created by David Greene. Directors included Curtis Harrington, Joseph Pevney, Sutton Roley. Writers included Mann Rubin, Robert Specht, Carey Wilbur. Cast includes Kevin Brophy, Don Gordon and John Randolph. One 74-minute pilot film plus eleven 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This nearly forgotten borderline-sf adventure series centres on Lucan (Brophy), raised until the age of ten by wolves in the Minnesota wilderness after his parents ...

Pieczenik, Steve R

(1943-    ) Cuban-born US author most of whose work of any genre interest has been contributed as Ties to the Tom Clancy's Net Force Shared World sequence of Near Future Technothrillers supervised by Tom Clancy, beginning with Net Force (1999) with Steve Perry; all books announced as collaborations with Clancy, but this has been disregarded in the Checklist below. Of his individual works, Blood Heat (1988) is a Near Future in which a manufactured Pandemic developed from the ...

Short, Gertrude

(1902-1968) US film actor and author, none of the films she appeared in being sf; of sf interest, however, is her novel, A Visitor from Venus (1949), in which the eponymous visitor, from a Utopian Venus inhabited solely by females, comes to Earth and expresses her shock in Satirical terms at the condition of women on this planet (see Feminism). [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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