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Elliot, John

(1918-1997) UK author, primarily for television, who collaborated with Fred Hoyle on two serials, A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough, and the subsequent novelizations under the same titles (1962 and 1964 respectively). He is not to be confused with the John Elliott (note different spelling) who wrote the anti-Chinese/Soviet political thriller Dragon's Feast (1970), itself a work of borderline sf. [JC]

Golden Heroes

Role Playing Game (1984). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Simon Burley, Peter Haines. / Golden Heroes, like Villains and Vigilantes (1979) and Champions (1981), is an early Role Playing Game with a Superhero theme. Its mechanics are generally well designed and closely match the narrative conventions of the written genre, their most novel aspect being perhaps the approach taken to character creation. Each player starts with a list of randomly chosen superhuman abilities (such as Psi Powers ...

Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall

(1931-    ) US anthropologist and author whose expeditions to Africa between 1950 and 1956 resulted in her first book, the nonfiction The Harmless People (1959), about the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Her two novels are of interest as intense examples of Prehistoric SF, where speculations about Homo sapiens that cannot be claimed to bear the warrant of professional testability serve as Thought Experiments through which to notate visions of our coming to be human. The ...

First Fandom

Informal fan organization founded in 1959 by Bob Madle and Don Ford, originally confined to those active in Fandom prior to 1 January 1938. Owing to the inevitable attrition of these "golden era" or "dinosaur" fans, associate membership has for many years been available to anyone participating in fan activities (including Fanzines, Conventions and sf clubs) for 30 or more years. Two awards are presented. Distinguished fans are annually added to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in both living and ...

Wolf, Spencer

(?   -    ) US author of After Mind (2015), a Near Future tale where the brain of a young man with progeria, who is dying of old age symptoms, is rehoused in the body of an artificial child, where he is destined to become an AI consciousness. But he has Amnesia. Family complications ensue. [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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