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Brockway, Fenner

(1888-1988) UK author long active in socialist politics, long respected for his humane personality. He was imprisoned for his opposition to World War One; served as a member of the British Parliament 1929-1931 and 1950-1964; and was made a life peer in 1964. In his sf novel, Purple Plague: A Tale of Love and Revolution (1935), a liner is quarantined at sea for a decade because of a mysterious plague; a Ship of Fools culture develops; a brave Scientist finds a cure for the deadly virus at the ...

McNeill, Graham

(?1971-    ) Scottish designer of Games (see Game Design) and Toys and author of numerous Ties to various domains of the Warhammer Wargame universe. His contributions to Warhammer 40,000 comprise at least two subseries, Warhammer 40,000: The Ultramarines, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Nightbringer (2002), and Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: False Gods (2006). [JC]


Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1984; vt Planet Busters; vt The World of the Talisman). Original title Bāsu. Idol, Kaname Production. Directed by Shinya Sadamitsu. Written by Junki Takegami. Voice cast includes Ichirō Nagai, Kaneto Shiozawa, Keiko Toda, Miina Tominaga and Kazuki Yao. 80 minutes. Colour. / With a galactic War ongoing between the Organics and Inorganics, space merchant Bao Luzen (Nagai) and his assistant Kim Junobel (Shiozawa) are searching for SHADE, a ...

Bill Haley and His Comets

US rock-n-roll band, founded and fronted by Bill Haley (1925-1981); also listed on releases as Bill Haley and The Comets and Bill Haley's Comets. Historians of popular music often credit Haley's earlier group The Saddlemen with recording the first true rock 'n' roll song: "Rocket '88" (1951; the title refers to the Oldsmobile car, not a spaceship); although it was the global success of the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" (1954) that launched rock as a popular-cultural idiom. In fact, and ...

Star Science Fiction Stories

Original-Anthology series (1953-1959) edited by Frederik Pohl, published by Ballantine Books. Star Science Fiction Stories was the first such series, antedating New Writings in SF by eleven years, and in its example very influential. The series was irregular; after Star Science Fiction Stories (anth 1953), Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (anth 1953) and Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3 (anth 1954) there was a three-year gap. In January 1958 Ballantine attempted to relaunch the title 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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