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Erdman, Alan T

(1946-    ) US author whose first novel, Maximum Security: The Mojave Project (2006), polemically examines the California penal system in 2032 (see Crime and Punishment), after a 2016 earthquake has caused the dispersal of facilities, and the Supreme Court's judging capital punishment to be unconstitutional has forced other changes. [JC]

Hungerford, Margaret W

(1855-1897) Irish author, active and prolific from about 1877 as a romantic novelist, becoming an author, as frequently the case, in order to support her husband and children; her best known novel is the nonfantastic Molly Bawn (1878), which contains the famous maxim: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". In America she usually published as by The Duchess. Hungerford is of sf interest for The Professor's Experiment (1895 3vols), one of the very last triple-deckers to be published for the ...

Perrotta, Tom

(1961-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose fiction – like Election (1998), Little Children (2004) and The Abstinence Teacher (2007) – is nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for The Leftovers (2011), for which he also collaborated on the screenplay for the Television series The Leftovers (2014-2017). The basic tale is Equipoisal between supernatural fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and sf in its portrayal of a very-Near Future ...

Cult Times

UK oversized Media Magazine printed on high-quality paper. Publisher: Visual Imagination Limited. Editors: unknown. 159 issues 1998 to 2008, plus at least three Special Editions. The schedule was generally monthly. / One of several companion titles to Starburst and TV Zone, Cult Times resembled these stablemates with, perhaps, a slightly greater emphasis on US productions. Contents included news, reviews of then-current programmes, interviews, and UK Television listings, plus advertisements ...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1. A team of four pizza-loving humanized turtle troubleshooters created by US artists Kevin Eastman (1962-    ) and Peter Laird (1954-    ) in a self-published black-and-white Comic book from May 1984. Initially seen as a Parody of martial-arts Superhero team-ups, they became so enormously popular that the franchise has earned back the original $1,000 the duo borrowed to print their first issue many millions of times over. Following the series' success, a ...

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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