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Condray, Bruno G

Pseudonym of UK author Leslie George Humphrys (1921-2015), of whom nothing is known beyond his possible authorship of Odyssey in Space (1953), as by Vektis Brack, which was a House Name for Gannet Press; and of the Condray tales The Dissentizens (1954 chap) and Exile from Jupiter (1955 chap). [JC]

Kabakov, Alexander

(1943-2020) Russian author in whose sf novella, No Return (1990 Iskusstvo Kino as "Nevozvrashchenets"; trans Thomas Whitney 1990 chap), an observer capable of Time Travel up the line reports back to his very Near Future audience that a failure to continue with perestroika will result in a savage Dystopia. [JC]

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Film (1979). Paramount. Produced by Gene Roddenberry, directed by Robert Wise. Written by Harold Livingstone, from a story by Alan Dean Foster. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta. 132 minutes (released with additional material on video and television at 143 minutes). Colour. / After more than a decade of rumour and counter-rumour, Star Trek (1966-1969) was finally relaunched, and on the big screen at that, ...

Bredenberg, Jeff

(1953-2010) US author known in the sf field primarily for his Dream Compass sequence of Post-Holocaust novels, comprising The Dream Compass (1991) and The Dream Vessel (1992). Though the venue is not innovatory – in a continent named Merqua [ie America], a geriatric "Monitor" attempts to stifle the young, who wish to be permitted to read again; and a rebel band escapes to a more enlightened Island culture, from which new worlds of hope may lie in the offing – Bredenberg conveys his ...

Cornwallis-West, G

(1874-1951) UK author, as well known for his marriages as for his fiction, his first (1900-1913) being to Jennie Churchill (1854-1921), mother of Sir Winston Churchill, whom he deserted for Mrs Patrick Campbell (1865-1940) as she was about to star in the London premiere of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in 1914, and whom he deserted in turn in 1919, leaving huge debts behind. In his Near Future sf novel, The Woman Who Stopped War (1935), Mary Sarn – who has already lost her lover in ...

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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