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Scott, R T M

Form of name used independently by two Canadian authors, father and son, both christened Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott, though the son was usually called Robert and sometimes wrote simply as Maitland Scott. Scott Senior (1882-1966) had been a much-travelled marine engineer and subsequent soldier during World War One, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, before settling in the USA and turning to writing. His first story, "Such Bluff as Dreams Are Made Of" (April 1920 Adventure) introduced the ...

Kurland, Michael

(1938-    ) US author who began publishing sf in September 1964 with "Elementary" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer, and Ten Years to Doomsday (1964) with Chester Anderson. The latter is a lightly written alien-Invasion novel, full of harmless violence in space, in which a planetary society must Uplift itself to fend off the foe. Kurland may also be an uncredited collaborator on Laurence M Janifer's The Wonder War (1964), as is suggested ...

Marbo, Camille

Pseudonym of French journalist, editor and author Marguerite Appell Borel (1883-1969), awarded the Prix Femina in 1913 for her first novel, La Statue voilée ["The Veiled Statue"] (1913). In her sf novel, Le survivant (1918; trans Frank Hunter Potter as The Man Who Survived 1918), a soldier fatally wounded in the first days of World War One awakens to discover he has suffered Identity Transfer with his best friend, and so survives. The novel then moves into soap opera territory. [JC]

Tremors

Film (1989). No Frills/Wilson-Maddock/Universal. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by Ron Underwood. Written by S S Wilson, Brent Maddock from a story by Wilson, Maddock, Underwood. Cast includes Kevin Bacon, Finn Carter and Fred Ward. 96 minutes. Colour. / A thinly populated valley in the Nevada desert is ravaged by 4 monstrous subterranean worm creatures, apparently possessed of some intelligence, which are finally destroyed by the courage and wit of the handful of local ...

Pearson, Ryne Douglas

(1964-    ) US screenwriter and author, mostly of thrillers; October's Ghost (1994), like most Technothrillers, is set in an indefinite very Near Future world, in this case during and after the Cuban launch of an atomic missile. Much confusion ensues. [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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